Former detentions deputy, James Tackitt, sentenced to 7 years for threatening to kill wife with gun

Kern County senior detentions deputy James Ronald Tackitt was sentenced to 7 years Thursday after threatening to shoot and kill his wife.

Marcus Cuper, Deputy DA, said after the sentencing hearing that he feels it was the appropriate sentence for the crime that was committed. 

Officers with the Bakersfield Police Department arrested Tackitt Jr., 30, on aggravated assault with firearm, false imprisonment, criminal threats, and domestic battery charges after officers received a report of an aggravated domestic violence incident.

The investigation revealed that on January 30, 2013, at about 11:30 a.m., Tackitt Jr. and his wife became involved in a verbal argument.  During the argument, Tackitt Jr. retrieved a semi-automatic firearm and loaded a round into the chamber.

According to investigators, he 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 and told her that he was going to shoot her and himself.

As the argument continued, the victim was able to talk Tackitt Jr. into removing the firearm from the back of her head and she was able to leave the house with her child.

Officials said neither the victim or her child were injured.

Cuper said that Tackitt's wife is still fearful and having a difficult time with the situation.

Cuper said that Tackitt was found guilty of assault with a fire arm and there was an enhancement to that charge for using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

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