Originally ran here
on Monday, May 28, 2001
PETALUMA, California -- A man was shot and
critically wounded after he barged into the Petaluma home where his
ex-girlfriend was staying and threatened one of the residents with a knife,
police said yesterday.
John Varney, 32, of Novato, suffered a shotgun
wound to the chest at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday after entering the home at 516
Cherry St. through the unlocked front door. He was immediately confronted by
Eric Daviesson, 31, who lives in the house with his wife.
Petaluma police Lt. Dave Sears said the
Daviessons were sheltering Varney's ex-girlfriend, who had complained about
domestic violence. Sears said Varney had previously threatened to kill the
Varney allegedly brandished a steak knife and
advanced on Daviesson, who pulled out a shotgun and fired, apparently in
self-defense, Sears said.
Varney was unconscious and on life support at
Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa yesterday. No charges have been filed.
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