BAKERSFIELD, CA — On Sunday at about 5:05 p.m., officers of the Bakersfield Police Department were dispatched to the 3100 block of San Dimas Street regarding reports of a man beating a woman with a hammer. Prior to officer arrival, the woman fled with visible injuries according to several callers. The victim transported herself to an area hospital, and was later discovered to have sustained serious injuries.
Responding officers attempted to contact the suspect, Elliot Davis, 39, who was in the company of a 4-year-old child. Davis threw an unknown type of explosive device at officers and fled into his home. No officers were injured.
A perimeter was established and crisis negotiators made contact with Davis. Davis made statements indicating he was in possession of additional explosive devices, the potential of forcing officers to kill him and refused to allow the child to leave the home.
Negotiations continued until about 4:00 a.m., when Davis was observed in possession of improvised explosive and incendiary devices and made statements that led officers to believe that the life of the toddler was in danger.
When tactical units attempted to apprehend Davis, he lit the explosive device. Officers were able to rescue the child and the explosive device detonated. Davis was taken into custody with the assistance of a police K-9.
The child was taken into protective custody and transported to an area hospital due to having sustained abrasions. Davis was transported to an area hospital due to having sustained burns related to the explosion/incendiary device and the K-9 use of force. Davis is currently in stable condition. He is being arrested for several counts of attempted murder, domestic violence related charges and charges associated with the possession of explosive and incendiary devices.
Bakersfield Police Department Explosive Ordinance officers located additional explosive materials inside of the residence. Davis was identified as the father of the juvenile.