Bakersfield man arrested at funeral home with a handgun and ammo
Employee confronted armed man
Last Updated: 95 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield man is facing charges after Kern County Sheriff's deputies say he walked into a funeral home with a gun and ammunition, Tuesday night.
Sheriff's officials say Kenneth Darrell West, 83, entered the offices at Basham Funeral Home in the 3300 block of Niles Street carrying a briefcase with the weapon and ammunition.
West walked into the office from a back entrance, asking for the funeral director.
West had been in the business about a week ago, making arrangements for his own funeral
West told funeral director Kent Smith he wanted to end things and that he was ready to go.
West said he was tired of taking medication and was upset at the system.
Smith talked to West and convinced him to leave the building while other employees and patrons sought refuge in other parts of the building or fled outside through rear doors.
West then walked outside and was met by patrol deputies -- and when he tried to return inside the business, he was subdued by deputies.
West was arrested at the scene and transported to the Kern County Jail where he was booked for false imprisonment, obstructing or delaying a peace officer in the performance of their duties, and weapons charges.
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