Kern County senior detentions deputy faces felony charges after arrest

James Tackitt Jr. charged with assault

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Kern County senior detentions deputy is facing felony charges following his arrest Wednesday afternoon.

The Bakersfield Police Department arrested James Ronald 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 Wednesday, 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.

Tackitt, Jr. has since bailed out of jail.

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