A suspect in a domestic violence incident was hospitalized Thursday after a run-in with a homeowner, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.
The incident was reported around 6:30 p.m. after deputies received a report of a possible domestic violence report in the 2000 block of Solis Avenue in the Beachwood area. The victim was walking down the street bleeding from the head, said deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.
The domestic violence incident was sparked earlier that day at an apartment residence in the 1700 block of Conestoga Drive. The family members of the victim in that case went to the suspect's house in the Beachwood area and started chasing him.
The suspect, a 42-year-old parolee, ran into a house to get away from the family members chasing him in the 2000 block of Shoemaker Avenue. When the suspect entered the house, he encountered the homeowner and pulled a knife. The homeowner grabbed a golf club to defend himself and when the suspect came at him, the homeowner struck the suspect in the head with the golf club causing a depressed skull fracture.
The suspect was flown to a Modesto area hospital where his injuries are considered life threatening. The suspect hasn't been arrested, but if he survives his injuries, MacKenzie said charges of assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and attempted armed robbery can be filed against him.
-- Sun-Star Staff