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Man sentenced to 9 years in jail for attempting to assault neighbor

Posted at 11:51 AM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 14:51:26-04

A man was sentenced to nine years in jail for attempting to assault his neighbor with a deadly weapon and trying to set his house on fire.

Deputies from the Kern County Sheriff's Office Kern Valley Substation responded to a home call in the 100 block of Rocky Road in Bodfish on April 21.

While they were on their way, they were advised that the suspect, 64-year-old Kirk Allison, was attempting to assault his neighbor and burn his house.

An officer from the California Highway Patrol and a ranger with the Bureau of Land Management also responded with a K-9 partner.

Allison advanced toward the deputies armed with a knife upon arrival and stopped before reaching them. He then threw the knife and a saw blade toward the deputies.

The weapon skipped off the ground and struck a deputy, but he was not injured. Allison asked deputies to kill him and appeared to be attempting to commit "suicide by cop."

Deputies utilized the K-9 when Allison no longer appeared to be armed. He was taken to the ground as he assaulted the K-9 and deputies used additional force to effectively arrest and take Allison into custody.

Allison was booked into the Central Receiving Facility for attempt murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon against an officer, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a deadly weapon to avoid arrest, five counts of felony resisting arrest, assaulting a police K-9, criminal threats and felony vandalism.