Man shot after interrupting possible burglary

Man shot after interrupting possible burglary
A man was shot when he possibly interrupted a burglary Tuesday in his south Bakersfield apartment. The crime leaves questions and a badly shaken neighborhood.

The victim, 53-year-old Dan Estabrook, arrived just before 11 a.m. at his apartment at 1400 Calcutta Drive. He found his door ajar and a man inside his apartment, he told police.

Estabrook tried to pull the door shut and leave, but police say the suspect then pushed the door open and shot Estabrook.

Darlene Dochterman and her grandson heard the shots and looked out to see their injured next door neighbor.

"He told me that he had been robbed," said Dochterman. "Somebody was in his apartment, come home from work, and they shot him with his own gun."

Bakersfield Police Sgt. Greg Terry said officers are not sure if the victim was shot with his own gun. Terry says Estabrook was shot once, and the bullet went through his arm and into his chest.

Estabrook is hospitalized at Kern Medical Center, where he was listed in "serious" condition Tuesday night.

At the apartment complex, some of Estabrook's clothes could be seen on the lawn outside his apartment. One window appeared to be broken out, but police said they don't know how the suspect got inside.

Dochterman said when she saw Estabrook, he asked for help. "He was standing in front of the apartment and he said, 'call 911, I've been shot, I've been robbed.'"

Dochterman was still holding a white towel with blood stains on it.
She said the 911 operator told her to get towels to help stop the victim's bleeding.

Dochterman went back to her apartment, got the towels and then stayed with Estabrook till the ambulance got there.

Other neighbors say the violence worries them. "It's really bad, there's a lot of older people living around here," said Annette Forbes.

Neighbor Jack Buell echoed that. "I always had felt very, very safe around here. But now I'm not so sure. This is really a jolt here, these kinds of things can happen right outside your door."

Police say the suspect was last seen running north from the apartment complex. The unidentified suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, about 5-foot-5 and 180 pounds.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call Bakersfield Police at 327-7111 or Secret Witness at 322-4040.