A man who shot and killed his stepson on Thursday told Fresno Police that he did it to defend his wife – the stepson’s mother – as she was being violently attacked.
The call came in around 8 p.m. at Cedar Avenue and Buckingham Way, just off of Ashlan Avenue. Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley says the father called 911 claiming he shot his adult stepson.
His stepson was found dead at the scene.
He was identified Friday as Elden Baker III, 42, of Fresno.
Detectives learned that during the disturbance, Baker became enraged and began hitting himself in the face and slamming his head into the refrigerator, police said.
Baker turned his anger toward his mother and began assaulting her while forcing her to the floor, police said. The mother has a medical condition that could become life-threatening if attacked in such a manner.
The stepfather, who was identified Friday as 61-year-old Steven Perry, attempted to physically protect his wife, but his efforts were ineffective, police said.
The stepfather armed himself with his handgun and told police he ultimately fired to protect both his wife and himself from the violent attack.
Both the mother and stepfather suffered visible injuries as a result of the attack.
The case has not yet been determined to be self-defense and is being investigated as a homicide, police said.
Perry, who is a former reserve police officer with an out-of-county agency, was released at police headquarters with no charges being filed against him, police said.
Anyone with information should call the Fresno Police Department at 559-621-7000.