Monday, 15 July 2024

Man allegedly shot while trespassing arrested on bench warrant

KELSEYVILLE – A man who allegedly was shot earlier this month while trespassing on another man's property has been taken into custody.


John Allen Kniss, 32, of Kelseyville was arrested last Friday on a misdemeanor bench warrant, according to Lake County Jail records.


Kniss had allegedly been shot by 48-year-old Nickolas Leone of Kelseyville on July 10, as Lake County News has reported.


Capt. James Bauman of the Lake County Sheriff's Office reported previously that Kniss allegedly had driven up to Leone's home and tried to force his way through a gate.


Bauman said Leone told authorities that Kniss had been harassing and threatening him because Kniss believed Leone was dating a former girlfriend.


Leone had reportedly told deputies that he shot Kniss in the arm and shoulder at a distance of 80 to 100 feet after Kniss ignored his demands to leave, according to Bauman's July 12 report.


Deputies had been unable to locate Kniss at the time and subsequently arrested Leone for felony discharging a firearm in a negligent manner, Bauman said.


When Kniss was finally located last week, Bauman said he had several pellet wounds in the left arm, shoulder and chest from the incident.


Bauman said Kniss acknowledged the incident occurred and told deputies he didn't seek medical attention as he had no insurance, and didn't report the incident to authorities because he was afraid of being arrested.

 

The warrant that led to Kniss' arrest came from a February case, charging him with battery on a spouse, false imprisonment and vandalism, Bauman said.

 

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