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A man attempting to break into a residence in northeast Bakersfield on Wednesday got more than he bargained for.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were sent to the 3100 block of Montello Street after getting a report of a burglary in progress. When they arrived, they learned that a man had a hammer and was attempting to break into the home.

The department said a woman who lived in the residence armed herself with a handgun and fired one round at the suspect, causing minor to moderate injuries.

The woman — along with her children, who were at home during the attempted break-in — were not injured.

The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Andrew Oldham, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of robbery, willful cruelty to a child, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, carrying a concealed weapon and damaging or destroying a communication device. 

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