OAKLAND — A Fairfield man kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriend’s house in Oakland on Wednesday night and shot her in the shoulder as her mother beat him off with a bat, according to police.
The shooting took place at 230 Oak St. at about 8:30 p.m. Jeremy Clement, 36, of Fairfield, fired one shot from a handgun that hit his former girlfriend in the right shoulder, according to Oakland police Chief Michael Tracy.
Jasmine Caret, 33, was at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta on Thursday suffering from a bullet wound in her shoulder and a collapsed lung, according to her mother.
Her mother, Roseanna Caret, 53, said in an interview Thursday morning that she was there when the alleged attack happened and fought to defend her daughter against Clement.
“I beat the crap out of him with a bat,” Caret said. “With all my might, I did everything I could. He came here to hurt my daughter, and I was going to defend it. I was going to take care of my daughter.”
Roseanna Caret suffered cuts to her left cheek and the left side of her head, the latter of which required stitches, and she said she was sore and tense Thursday.
Roseanna Caret said the incident started when Clement drove a four-wheeler onto the lawn of the house where she and Jasmine live with Caret’s 80-year-old mother. Clement and Jasmine have a 3-year-old son together.
“He said he wanted to talk to Jasmine, and I said, ‘No, you aren’t coming in here,’ ” Roseanna Caret said.
“He kicked the door in, and I just commenced to swinging,” she said. “Jasmine came out and he wrestled her to the ground. I commenced to hit him. He shot her in the shoulder and we wrestled some more and I hit him with the bat. … I just went right after him.”
After police arrived, Clement and Roseanna Caret were taken by Delta Ambulance to Thayer Center for Health in Waterville.
After treatment for a head injury, Clement was arrested and charged with elevated aggravated assault and burglary and taken to Kennebec County jail in Augusta, Tracy said.
Roseanna Caret, who works as a hotel housekeeper and certified nurse’s aide, said her late great grandfather and father were police officers and her father taught her how to defend herself.
She said her son Paul died at age 26 in a car crash four years ago and she was determined not to lose another child Wednesday night.
She believes her father and son were with her family during the incident.
“I swear they are our guardian angels,” she said.
Amy Calder — 861-9247