Mother becomes a BOUNTY HUNTER to help pay off $800,000 medical bills(photos)

A 35-year-old woman who survived two bouts with cancer is now working as a bounty hunter.

Shanda Zapata took up the career in 2013 and is working to pay off $800,000 in medical costs, according to Barcroft Media.

In an interview with the outlet, Zapata, a mother to four children, said: 'I chose this job because I get to help people and sort of be a bad ass.

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'When I put a child molester away, it feels great. It makes me feel that bit stronger that I can do this for my community.'

The ex-Hooters waitress continued: 'I make me feel that while, yes, I am female - I am strong. I am capable. And I can put dangerous people away.'

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The first colon cancer diagnosis came when Zapata was 19 years old, and the second 12 years after, Barcroft Media reported.

Zapata, of Colorado, also told the outlet: 'I have been shot at, lunged at with a knife, attacked by pit bulls and even had drug dealers throw needles at me like darts.

'You never know what is going to be behind that door when you kick it down. Everyday could be your last.'

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She can work as a bounty hunter in 47 US states, and frequently teams up with fellow bounty hunters, Barcroft Media reported.

The mother, who works finding Mexican Mafia members and motorcycle gang members, knows both Krav Maga and Brazilian jiu jitsu, according to the outlet.

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Zapata's equipment includes assault rifles and 'a Smith & Wesson pistol with custom grip,' Barcroft Media staid.

Zapata told the outlet: 'I overcame cancer twice.

'I was cut open. I worried I'd never recover.

'I've lost everything in my life and now been left with a huge debt.

'But now I'm out here hunting some of America's most dangerous criminals and making something of myself.'

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