Bakersfield police on Thursday released a recording of the 911 call that led them to a northeast Bakersfield home where they found a woman shot and then arrested her attorney husband.
“Get EMT over here, someone’s been shot. 1220 Telegraph Avenue,” a panicked male voice, later identified by police as Mark Madrigali, said in the first seconds of the brief call made early Wednesday morning.
The dispatcher took down the address and asked Madrigali who had been shot.
“My wife, please come over now,” he replied.
“Who shot your wife?” the dispatcher asked.
Some background noise can be heard on the recording following the dispatcher’s question and the caller did not respond when dispatcher implored, “Sir?”
The 22-second call was released after the filing of a public records request by The Californian Wednesday afternoon.
Police were dispatched to the home on Telegraph at 3:44 a.m. Wednesday and found Madrigali’s wife, 51, suffering from a gunshot wound to her upper torso inside the house.
She was taken to Kern Medical Center, underwent surgery and on Thursday was still listed in critical condition, according to Sgt. Joe Grubbs.
Madrigali, 58, was found in the front yard and detained. He was eventually arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide and spousal abuse. He is being held on $550,000 bail at the downtown jail.
Madrigali had a private practice as a defense attorney for driving under the influence charges and traffic tickets. He was disciplined by the state bar after he was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in 2008.
Madrigali’s wife had sued for divorce last fall, citing irreconcilable differences, but the case lapsed.