Despite the determined efforts of California’s ruling class, firearms aren’t yet totally outlawed in the the Golden State. But with gun owners like Karen Benjestorf, it probably won’t be long now. Karen and her main squeeze, Ronald Barker weren’t really seeing eye-to-eye one evening last week. According to dailybreeze.com, they’d been shooting a pellet gun inside her apartment. And to the shock and amazement of almost no one, they were imbibing, too. At some point, things apparently got a little heated, probably over the question of whose pellet hit closest to the center of the TV screen. Eventually Ronny began to slap Karen around a little bit, probably because no self-respecting dude likes to be outshot by his girl in an indoor competition . . .
Deciding she wasn’t going to take any of that crap, Benjestorf then picked up an actual firearm and went all Joe Biden on him. We’ll let redondobeach.patch.com take it from there:
…she picked up a gun and fired it into the ground, according to (Redondo Beach PD Sgt. Fabian) Saucedo. The bullet shattered, sending fragments flying. Some of the fragments hit Barker’s face.
Paramedics transported Barker to the hospital, where he was treated, Saucedo said. He was later returned to the station and booked into jail on suspicion of battery. He posted his $20,000 bail on Wednesday.
While it’s probably good that Mr. Barker was (at least temporarily) removed from this little domestic equation, Karen still has her own problems. The cops aren’t really sure if she knew she’d picked up a real gun given the presence of a pellet gun and the hooch-fogged haze she was operating under, but they booked her on suspicion of a negligent discharge.
We’re pretty sure she’s had that real gun confiscated by now, but if the 5-0 let her hold onto that pellet gun, we’re guessing the IGOTD trophy we’ll be sending her way will make a great target. [h/t David]