Man accused of beating his live-in girlfriend with belt, shooting himself in leg

Argument ends in shooting

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Officials have arrested a man Monday evening after they say he shot himself in the leg following an argument with his live-in girlfriend.

On Monday at about 7:15 p.m., Kern County Sheriff's Department deputies were sent to the 1300 block of Water Street regarding a shooting.

Deputies said they found 50-year-old Floyd Harris in front of his home suffering from a gunshot wound to one of his legs. 

Deputies said Harris told them that he was shot by an unknown subject in an alley nearby. 

Harris was taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment. 

Harris’ injury was not considered life threatening. 

During the investigation, it was determined Harris was shot inside his home and not in an alley; however, the circumstances that led up to the shooting were unknown. 

Deputies said that when they went to Harris' home, two people were seen looking out a window at the deputies but refused to answer the door and refused to come out. 

Deputies obtained information that the firearm used in the shooting was still inside the home. 

Deputies said they surrounded the home and continued to call out the people, but they refused to come out. 

After an hour and 15 minutes, officials said 30-year-old Cory Scales and 28-year-old Brandon Scales excited the home. 

The investigation revealed that Harris and his live-in girlfriend were involved in an argument.  During the argument Harris struck his live-in girlfriend with a belt multiple times, officials said. 

Harris retrieved a firearm from inside the home and shot himself in the leg. 

It was also determined that one of the people who refused to come out of the home began cleaning up the evidence of the shooting while deputies were attempting to have him exit the home, officials said. 

Harris will be booked on charges of spousal abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner and possession of a short-barreled shotgun. 

Cory Scales was arrested on charges of obstructing or delaying a peace officer and destroying evidence. 

Brandon Scales was arrested for on charges of obstructing or delaying a peace officer.

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