Atascadero man points a gun at jogger, lands in jail

November 13, 2021


An Atascadero man is in jail after screaming he had a gun and pointing the weapon at a jogger who was passing his home on the 7300 block of San Marcos Road on Saturday morning.

Shortly before 8 a.m., witnesses began calling 911 to report a man was outside his home screaming while wielding a gun. Officers arrived and began looking for the suspect.

A jogger then passing by the suspect’s residence and saw a man point a gun a him. The jogger was able to safely flee the area.

Shortly afterwards, officers heard a gun shot from the suspect’s property. Officers then apprehended 40-year-old Marshall Athan Badgett, and recovered the weapon.

Officers booked Badgett in the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and for making criminal threats. Badgett remains in jail with his bail set at $50,000.

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I’d bet a jelly donut that he’s had run ins with law enforcement or mental health department before. usual, nothing was done. Just like what’s going to happen to him again, a slap on the wrist, seee’ya!

It would be interesting to know if he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol which led to his instability and strange behavior. Yelling, waving a gun, and then pointing at a passing jogger at 8:00 am in the morning shows somethings not right. Very thankful nobody was injured or killed including the suspect with officer’s responding to a person wielding a gun. It could ended a lot worse. Nice job APD.