UPDATE (1/1/2021): A man accused of gunning down a man in his neighborhood had been angry over broken windows on his house that he believed were caused by shingles blown off a neighbor’s roof, according to court documents.
Raffi Danielian, 38, had also been using methamphetamine and experiencing suicidal thoughts, his parents told detectives. He’s accused of killing Lavel Lawrence Myers, 25, outside a house on Grandview Terrace in Rosamond.
Witnesses told investigators the shooting happened outside a house where Danielian a year earlier had confronted the homeowner over broken windows he said were caused by shingles that flew off the homeowner’s roof during a windstorm. He asked the homeowner to pay for the damage, but the homeowner refused unless Danielian could prove it was shingles from his roof that broke the windows.
The homeowner described Danielian as aggressive during the encounter, the documents said.
The relationship between the homeowner and the victim was unclear as the documents were heavily redacted.
A Ring doorbell camera captured Danielian fleeing the scene of the Oct. 19 shooting while holding a pistol, the documents said. A .45-cailber handgun found inside his house was the same caliber as the shell casings found at the shooting, according to the filings.
A strong odor of bleach permeated Danielian’s house when deputies entered, and investigators said in the documents it appeared bleach had been recently poured on the carpet across the threshold of each doorway. Bedding soaked in either bleach or shampoo was in a bathroom, and there appeared to be wet towels in a bathtub.
Danielian may have been trying to destroy evidence, the documents said.
An investigator wrote he believed Danielian was trying to enter a detached garage and leave in a black Volkswagen when confronted by deputies. He was taken into custody without incident and asked to speak with a lawyer.
What investigators termed as an “AR-style rifle” was in the trunk of the Volkswagen, according to the filings.
Interviewed later the same day, Danielian’s parents told detectives their son admitted in March to struggling with a meth addiction. Two months before the shooting, Danielian pointed a gun at a TV and said he wanted to kill himself, his parents said.
They tried to get him admitted to a hospital for mental health treatment but were refused because Danielian was under the influence of drugs, the parents told detectives.
Danielian has pleaded not guilty and is out on bail pending his next court appearance Feb. 17.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man accused of fatally shooting another man earlier this week in Rosamond pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of first-degree murder.
Raffi Danielian, 38, was ordered held on $1 million bail in the death of 25-year-old Lavel Lawrence Myers.
Sheriff’s officials say a shooting was reported at 11:54 a.m. Monday on Grandview Terrace, where deputies found Myers wounded. Life-saving efforts were begun, but he was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m. by medical personnel at the scene.
Danielian was identified as a suspect and taken into custody in the area, officials said. He is next due in court Dec. 3.