Man arrested for attempted murder after allegedly shooting at wife, daughter, neighbor's house

ROSAMOND, Calif. - On July 14, at about 5:00 pm, Kern County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a disturbance between neighbors in the 3500 block of Glenridge Avenue in Rosamond.

When deputies arrived they spoke to one of the parties involved, 59 year old Eric Kilijanski, who lives in a home in the 3500 block of Glenridge Avenue.

Deputies were able to determine that Kilijanski and a neighbor who lives behind him, in the 3500 block of Tanglewood Avenue, had been in an argument regarding a barking dog.

After speaking to Kilijanski and the neighbor, 33 year old Christopher Coupland, deputies were unable to determine if any criminal activity had taken place. Deputies said Kilijanski appeared intoxicated, however there was no basis to arrest him at that time.

About 15 minutes later deputies were dispatched back to Kilijanski’s residence for a call regarding spousal abuse and possible shots fired.

While deputies were en route they were flagged down by Kilijanski’s wife, whom they had just spoken to regarding the barking dog. She told deputies Kilijanski was in his yard firing a handgun. Deputies then responded to the home and on arrival heard several shots being fired in the backyard area of Kilianski’s house.

Deputies approached and confronted Kilijanski as he left his home. Deputies observed Kilijanski holding an item in his hand and ordered him to drop it, which he did. Deputies then observed the item he had been holding was an empty handgun holster. Deputies took Kilijanski into custody without further incident.

Deputies then spoke to Kilijanski’s wife and his adult daughter, who had also been at the home with her two children, ages 10 and 14.

Kilijanski’s wife and daughter reported that after deputies had left the home after responding for the disturbance, Kilijanski assaulted both of them.

Kilijanski’s daughter then called 911 to report the assault, and Kilijanski threatened her.

Kilijanski then walked to the attic area of the home and began entering the attic, where he kept his handgun.

Kilijanski’s daughter then fled the home with her two children and entered her vehicle to the front of the home. She began driving away and as she did observed Kilijanski standing in front of the house firing the handgun at her car as she fled with her children.

Kilijanski’s wife was able to enter her vehicle and also left the area. As she drove away she heard shots and believed Kilijanski was also firing his handgun at her. Shortly after she flagged down deputies to report Kilijanski was at the house firing his gun.
Deputies talked to Coupland again during the investigation. He reported that Kilijanski fired numerous rounds into the back area of his house prior to deputies detaining him. Deputies were able to locate nine bullet holes in Coupland’s home. At the time Coupland was in the home with six children under the age of 7 years old.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for Kilijanski’s home and seized a loaded .357 handgun. Deputies also located 16 spent shell casings, six in the back yard, three in the front yard, and seven inside the home.

Kilijanski was arrested for five counts of attempted murder, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, terrorist threats, spousal battery, and eight counts of child endangerment. He was booked into the Kern County Jail. His bail has been set at $3,542,500.

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