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Wednesday, Jan 30 2013 09:46 PM

Sheriff's detentions deputy arrested on assault charges

By The Bakersfield Californian

A Kern County Sheriff's Department detentions deputy has been arrested following an alleged domestic violence incident.

On Wednesday at 2:45 p.m., the Bakersfield Police Department investigated a report of aggravated domestic violence, according to a BPD press release.

The investigation revealed that on Wednesday around 11:30 a.m., the victim and her husband, James Ronald Tackitt Jr., 30, of Bakersfield, became involved in a verbal argument.

During the argument, Tackitt retrieved a semi-automatic firearm, loaded the firearm and manipulated the slide of the firearm to load a round into the chamber, the release said. Tackitt then reportedly forced the victim into a closet and ordered her to kneel on the ground. He then placed the barrel of the gun at the back of her head, the release said.

Tackitt made repeated statements to the victim during the argument that he was going to shoot her and himself. As the argument continued, the victim was able to talk Tackitt into removing the firearm from the back of her head and she was able to leave the house with her child.

Neither the victim nor her child were physically injured.

Tackitt was located and arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment, criminal threats and domestic battery. He was booked into the Kern County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111, or Detective Carruesco at 326-3544.

-- Bakersfield Police Department

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