‘He has the gun’: domestic violence survivor tells her story


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The Central California Family Crisis Center says domestic violence affects up to one in four women and one in ten men. A local woman says her life was turned upside down after a devastating attack at the hands of her ex-husband. Now she says she fought for justice in the courts. Nancy Anderson, 51, never imagined she would have to fight for her life on a Tuesday morning in May.

“My father just pointed a gun at my mother. Don’t touch her! Anderson’s daughter said on a 911 call that morning.

The fight left her with two broken ribs. She says it all started after an argument over drug use. She said she was afraid he was using drugs. Anderson says she found evidence of drug use.

“I just wanted him to go. He came home, got kicked out of rehab and ended up here, ”said Nancy Anderson, a domestic violence survivor.

She bought him a drug test that morning.

“He had accepted it the day before, but when it came to taking it, he said go yourself,” Anderson said. “That’s what instantly started it all.”

Police reports indicate that Scott Anderson locked himself in his room. Nancy Anderson says she drilled a hole in the bedroom door.

“The minute the hole entered the door, the hole is probably that big too. The gun came out, was put right in my face, ”said Nancy Anderson. “It has always been in my room, it stays charged. I didn’t know he had it. He went in the middle of the night and got it.

Police records indicate that Nancy Anderson’s daughter called the Bakersfield Police Department at 10:39 a.m. that morning.

“Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up!” Anderson’s daughter said on a 911 call. Screams can be heard in the background.

Police reports say Scott Anderson pointed a gun into the hole in the door. Then he allegedly left that room and pushed Nancy Anderson through the house. That’s when police records say he pushed her onto his daughter’s bed and punched her in the ribs.

“Oh my God. He’s got the gun,” Anderson’s daughter said when calling 911.

“Fight in the hallway and end up in my daughter’s bed.” This is where my ribs were broken, ”said Nancy Anderson. “My son-in-law was in there, tried to protect me, and then a fight ensued, while my daughter was on the phone with 9-1-1. Brawl in the front yard, then he got in his truck and drove off.

Anderson says she still lives in fear.

“Anxiety, rushing to get new locks,” Anderson said. “Having nightmares that continue to this day about getting shot in the face. My son-in-law was shot, my daughter was shot.

Scott Anderson was arrested the day after the attack. Months of legal battles over domestic violence and divorce continue to this day.

“It’s an absolute nightmare right now. I had to do it all on my own, ”Anderson said. “There should be legal services for women or for victims to help them deal with those divorce papers if they are strong enough to leave their abusers. There’s no.”

Court records show Scott Anderson was charged with gun crimes … as well as injuring his wife. He has argued without question for the crime of domestic violence.

“All gun charges have been dropped. I don’t agree that no additional charges have been brought against him, ”Anderson said. “Shame on them. Shame on California.

17-year-old Moses Small asked an assistant district attorney why the gun charges were dropped.

“The woman in this relationship revealed to the police that she caused the damage to the door. What was not clear was that a weapon, a baseball bat, had been used to provoke him, ”said Joseph Kinzel, assistant district attorney for Kern County. “This is something we found out later. What the jury will hear is that the female half of this husband-wife relationship has, in some ways, caused a confrontation by taking a baseball bat and slamming a locked door behind which the accused was standing.

The district attorney’s office says Nancy’s having a baseball bat might have made a jury less likely to convict Scott of guns, which would have lost the whole case.

“This type of evidence is something that we are looking at,” Kinzel said. “We’re looking at ‘well, how strong is this business? What is the probability that 12 members of our community will all agree unanimously on the charges? “

Prosecutors gave Scott Anderson a plea bargain, helping them get a conviction. Eventually Scott Anderson was sentenced to six months in prison.

“First of all, he committed a crime. Pleaded no challenge to a crime, ”Kinzel said. “The second thing is that there is going to be a 10-year criminal protection order. This means that these two people cannot approach each other. We wanted to make sure he was on felony probation, which meant he would be monitored by the probation service and would have to register. “

Nancy says she hopes her story inspires more survivors to come forward.

“I contacted our leaders in this region: Kevin McCarthy, Shannon Grove and Vince Fong. I heard from two of them, ”said Nancy Anderson. “It’s time to go see the people who are making decisions for this condition and make some changes. Victims of domestic violence should not be petrified.

17 News contacted Scott Anderson’s attorney, who said he would not comment on this story. The district attorney’s office has announced that Scott Anderson is due to be sentenced on November 14.


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