RP man jailed for pellet gun assault
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By Dave Williams  April 5, 2013 12:00 am

An 18-year-old Rohnert Park man was jailed on numerous charges on March 29 after repeatedly shooting a man in the face with a pellet gun.

The victim, 29-year-old Matthew Phipps, suffered puncture wounds to his lip and biceps and a broken tooth after confronting James Jensen, who allegedly was inside Phipps car parked in front of his home.

Phipps told Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety Officer  Steve Luscombe his dog had awakened Phipps and his wife to an intruder in the driveway of their home on Santa Barbara Drive. 

When confronted by the Phipps, Jensen pulled out what appeared to be a pellet gun and hit the victim in the face with it. He then fired repeated shots into the face and arm of the victim with the pellet gun. An off-duty reserve officer from Sebastopol was driving on Santa Barbara Drive when he noticed two males involved in a disturbance on the side of the street. The officer stopped to see what was happening and discovered they had been in a physical altercation. The officer was able to wrestle the gun away from Jensen and was calling 911 just as Luscombe was arriving on the scene.

Phipps was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. Jensen was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, petty theft, prowling, possession of an illegal knife and being a minor in possession of alcohol. His bail was set at $20,000.

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