KCSO: Man who shot wife, wife's cousin dead of apparent suicide

Kern County deputies are on the scene of a SWAT situation Sunday night June 11, 2017 on Hillburn Road in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

A man is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after allegedly shooting his wife and her cousin.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office said the man and his wife had recently separated. The 38-year-old wife brought her 26-year-old cousin to check on her husband Sunday at a home on the 3800 block of Hillburn Road in east Bakersfield.

The wife reported to deputies that her husband tried to prevent them from leaving and grabbed a gun. The two women ran from the home and the 26-year-old woman was shot in the back as she exited.

That woman suffered a moderate injury and is expected to survive, the Sheriff's Office said.

The man allegedly continued shooting at his wife, hitting a parked car and a neighboring home in the process. The wife found refuge with a neighbor. She told told investigators she felt something hit her, but didn't find any sign of injury.

She later found a hole in her jacket and damage to her cellphone from a bullet strike, the Sheriff's Office said. Investigators are unsure of the exact path of the bullet or whether the phone may have acted as some kind of shield.

Arriving deputies reported they heard a single gunshot inside the house. The SWAT team was called and crisis negotiators began attempting to communicate with the man. After hours of failed attempts to reach him, deputies entered the home at about 3 a.m. Monday and found him dead.

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