Angry and upset

Andrew Pakhomov has filed a complaint of harrassment against his stepdaughter Aleksandra Zakin. This is not the first complaint he has filed. On May 24, there was also a complaint filed against his wife Yelena Zakin on charges of domestic violence assault and criminal mischief as a result of a domestic dispute at Pakhomov's office. She was due in court on that charge on June 8, but authorities know she won't be there. Fishermen found Yelena Zakin's body floating in the river on June 1. There was a bag of rocks tied around her neck. Authorities say she died of strangulation.

Aleksandra Zakin explains the harrassment charge as her being upset. She says that she is frustrated that her stepfather won't talk to police about her mother's death. She says that they had gotten together to choose pictures of her mother for her memorial service.

"He has been acting very calm, and that was frustrating to me. I raised my voice at him. I wanted to know too many answers to too many questions," "I wanted to know why he's always around his lawyers. I really want him to cooperate with the police and help with the investigation."

Zakin says she was aware there were problems in her mother and stepfather's relationship. She says that she was aware of domestic violence problems. She also says that her mother thought that Pakhomov was being unfaithful. And she says that police have verified this.

Police are not calling Pakhomov a suspect in Zakin's death. But they say they haven't ruled him out either. They say they have done a lot of witness interviews and they have a lot of evidence they are going through. Some of the evidence has been sent for testing, and they are waiting on the results.

It isn't uncommon for family problems to happen after a death. One of the stages of the grieving process is anger. Sometimes that anger is turned against the deceased, sometimes against other family members or friends, and sometimes against the person who may have been most closely involved in the death.

Under these circumstances I would be asking questions too. And I can't really blame her for being upset.


Domestic Violence is dangerous to the community

This just happened this morning and already Google has more than 100 mainstream media articles on it.

Not because of the domestic violence, but because 2 law enforcement officers were shot. I haven't found much about the original disturbance as yet, but there is a lot out there on what followed.

Earlier today, police responded to a domestic disturbance call at the residence of Joseph Earl Walsh and his wife Cathy. Two officers who responded to the call called for backup, because the home had bars on the windows. Then the suspect fired at them. Constable Dale Geddie, 45, was killed and sheriff's deputy Daniel Leon, 34, was also shot. All I have been able to find out about Deputy Leon's condition is that he has had surgery and is expected to recover. An officer who was trapped near the house was evacuated by an armored personnel carrier and there are reports there was blood in the vehicle. It isn't real clear if this is from one of the law enforcement officers that have been talked about or if there was a third officer involved. The sheriff has said that one of his deputies was shot three times.

Joseph Earl Walsh, 52, holed up in the house with his wife and a child. About an hour after the standoff began, Cathy and a child came out of the house and were taken to a waiting ambulance. It has been said that they were not seriously injured, but I haven't found any other information on them. It has been said that Walsh had vowed not to be taken alive.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers surrounded the house, snipers were posted in the area. Some neighbors were evacuated and some were to told to stay in their home and away from doors and windows and traffic to the area was stopped. The standoff lasted for more than two hours.

Authorities were attempting to negotiate with Walsh, but after more than two hours he came out of the home carrying a gun. He made threatening motions and law enforcement shot and killed him.

This wasn't Walsh's first brush with the law. Records show that he was arrested in 1977 for a charge  of misdemeanor charge of carrying a prohibited weapon. And in 1988 for assault/family violence.

Police say there were bars on the windows of the home. And the suspect was armed with a deer rife and about 150 rounds of armor piercing ammunition.

One domestic violence disturbance= two officers shot, traffic disrupted, neighbors either evacuated or confined to the home, many officers taken from their other duties for more than two hours, and also ambulances standing by so they could be available if necessary. That means they were not available to the rest of the community. If I am not mistaken, a high powered rifle with armor piercing ammunition could conceivably pierce the wall of a passing car or a neighbors home. And they say that domestic violence is a "couples problem".

The death and injury of the law enforcement officers and the standoff situation has eclipsed information about the wife and child. When the wife came out of the home and went to the ambulance, I have seen it described as two people and I have also seen it described as the wife and a small child. Very little is being said about their injuries if any or of their condition. I know that being trapped in a house with a violent gunmen, who vowed not to be taken alive must have been frightening. And if they knew that the home was surrounded by officers and snipers it must have been more so.


Bystanders describe the scene of the shooting

An excellent article on police protocol when responding to a domestic violence call, a description of the dangers they face, and descriptions of domestic violence abusers and why and how they exert control.

 Just a sample from Teresa Leftwich of the East Texas Crisis Center. "Domestic violence is often about power and control, not about anger management and someone with a bad temper,"  "Abusive people are very much in control of what's going on; when they totally lose it is when the woman is trying to leave. When she walks out of that door and tries to leave – that's the most dangerous time."