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USA –-(Ammoland.com)- 23 ABC News Bakersfield reports 06-21-19 in Bakersfield, California, a local man attacked a woman with a sledge hammer and wooden chair during a home invasion earlier this month, according to documents released by Kern County Sheriff's Office on Friday.
KCSO say deputies were dispatched to a home near the corner of College Avenue and Montello Street the morning of June 5 for an active burglary, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment investigation.
When officials arrived, they discovered a 33-year-old had reportedly forced himself through the home's back door and attacked the female victim with a sledgehammer and wooden chair.
The intended victim shot the intruder once in his lower body with a gun she grabbed from a safe. It was also noted that the intruder took the victim's gun and cellphone while she was on the phone with 911.
The victim sustained a small scratch on her left arm and declined medical aid. The perp was treated for his gunshot wound and taken into custody at the Central Receiving Facility.
When asked why he had attacked the victim, he told police that this “person had did something bad” and he just had to know.
Police reports reveal that the perp is the cousin of the victim's husband and is allegedly in love with her.
Prior to the June 5 incident, the victim filed a restraining order against the intruder after he allegedly harassed her in front of her five children, niece and family friends. Several children were in the home at the time of the attack.
When asked why she had never served the 33-year-old the restraining order, she allegedly told officials that she didn't want to cause problems with her husband's family who told her that the intruder is “crazy” and needed medication.
The intruder has pled not guilty to first degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, willful cruelty to child, false imprisonment with violence, and carrying a concealed weapon. He is due back in court on July 9.
Another apparent mental case attacks a woman he “loves”. The failure to file the restraining order was a mistake. Sometimes these don’t help but they do establish evidence of prior problems.
This appears to be a clearly valid shooting in most any jurisdiction. Unfortunately, where it happed is not most any jurisdiction, it’s California. My CA Attorney guest Donald J. Green thinks the victim here certainly needs to have a good criminal defense lawyer engaged.
Bob Irwin, Las Vegas
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Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KLEY 1230 AM, The Nevada Talk Network on Saturdays.
As a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob appears frequently as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State, and local courts.