Dead perpetrator in Los Osos hatchet attack identified
September 7, 2015
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who attacked a woman with a hatchet and then committed suicide as Kelly Neal Turnpin, a 25-year-old Los Osos resident.
On Friday evening, Turnpin attacked a 58-year-old woman with a hatchet at a home in the 400 block of Woodland Drive. The woman suffered injuries, but she escaped and survived.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home, they found Turnpin dead in the backyard with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Turpin and the woman had been sharing the Woodland Drive home, according to the sheriff’s office.
The woman recently asked Turnpin to move out of the house, a sheriff’s office news release states.
During the attack, the woman suffered multiple traumatic injuries. She managed to escape to a neighbor’s home and was then transported to the hospital by an ambulance.
The woman was still receiving treatment in the hospital Saturday evening.
The sheriff’s office initially stated the man used an ax to attack her. An updated press release said the weapon was a hatchet.