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Man claims self-defense in shooting death of stepson, police say

Police investigating a scene where a step-father allegedly shot and killed his step-son on Thursday, May 2, 2019.
Police investigating a scene where a step-father allegedly shot and killed his step-son on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Fresno Bee

A Fresno man who is a former reserve police officer told investigators that he fatally shot his stepson Thursday evening to defend his wife and himself after a violent disturbance near North Cedar and East Ashlan avenues.

Detectives are still determining whether the man, identified as Steven Perry, 61, acted in self-defense, according to Sgt. Andre Benson on Friday. No charges were filed at the time of the incident.

Elden Baker III, 42, died in the disturbance, which took place in the 4300 block of East Buckingham Way.

Perry served as a reserve officer at a police agency that Benson did not identify, outside of Fresno County.

Police received a 911 call reporting the shooting at 7:50 p.m. Thursday and arrived to find Baker dead. Benson said investigators were told that during a disturbance, Baker became enraged and began striking himself in the face and slamming his head into a refrigerator.

He then assaulted his mother, who has a medical condition, and forced her to the floor. Perry attempted to intercede, but was unsuccessful before retrieving a handgun and shooting Baker to protect his wife and himself. Both husband and wife sustained visible injuries in the attack, Benson said.

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