Man to serve time at mental institution after firing shots at KCSO deputies


A man accused of firing shots at sheriff’s deputies during a standoff in Shafter in April will not go on trial for attempted murder.

John Wells was arrested on April 1 at a home on Atlantic Avenue following a standoff, in which deputies say Wells opened fire in the direction of the SWAT team.

No one was hit by the gunfire, however.

Wells previously pleaded not guilty to attempted murder of a peace officer, but the District Attorney’s office announced Wells will be sent to a mental hospital for up to three years.

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