(February 19, 2018) - A man was arrested after discharging a firearm inside his apartment, with the round traveling just over the heads of his sleeping neighbors in the next door apartment.
On February 18, 2018 at approximately 8:50 a.m. Cape Coral police responded to 3420 Skyline Boulevard. Upon arrival police spoke with a couple who said they were woken by a loud bang and saw a large hole in the headboard of their bed, just over their heads. There was another hole in the dresser mirror at the foot of their bed. After getting up to investigate they saw a hole in the adjacent living room (behind the mirror), and an additional hole on the far wall of the living room.
Officers made contact with the neighbor next door, identified as Ivan Bakh (DOB: 8-6-56). Bakh's apartment was cleared by officers to make sure no one was injured; no one else was located inside the residence. While clearing the home officers observed a large hole in the wall leading to the couple's apartment. An officer observed a large thick book propped up on top of a shelf with several rounds penetrating it, which appeared to have been used as a target. A target was drawn on the books in red marker.
A search warrant was obtained for Bakh's residence. A search of the residence by detectives with the Major Crimes Unit revealed a target drawn with a red marker located on the wall leading to the couple's apartment. The target was made of multiple books taped together. The target was shot with three rounds and appeared to have been penetrated by one or more of the rounds. A 9mm casing was located in the hallway between the bathroom and the bedroom of Bakh's residence. Also located inside the home was a safe containing a 9mm Glock. The rounds located inside the magazine of the Glock handgun were a match to the 9mm spent casing located on the ground inside the residence.
Based upon the evidence on scene and witness statements, probable cause was developed for Ivan Bakh's arrest on charges of shooting into a dwelling and reckless discharge of a firearm in a public or private place. Bakh was transported to the Lee County Jail.
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