BAKERSFIELD, Calif .– Just before 4 p.m. Friday night, the Bakersfield Police Department responded to an emergency call from a subject armed with a pistol in the McKee Road and Maria Angelica Street area of southwest Bakersfield.
The responding officers requested a response from the mobile mental health assessment team as the suspect had made suicide statements.
During the staging in the area, officers learned that the suspect was walking in the neighborhood armed with a firearm. The officers contacted the suspect and tried to initiate a dialogue. The suspect began removing the gun from his waistband and an officer inserted a less lethal foam ball. The less lethal operation had no effect and the suspect began to run away from officers while drawing the gun. As he ran past one of the officers, the suspect shot and hit the officer several times.
Prosecuting officers returned fire and the suspect was beaten. Another officer was grazed by the suspect’s gunfire, resulting in minor injuries. The suspect’s weapon has been recovered.
The suspect succumbed to his injuries in a local hospital and was pronounced dead.
The officer is in stable condition at a local hospital. All officers involved were equipped with body-worn cameras. Additional information, including body-worn camera footage, will be released as the investigation progresses.
Individuals with information regarding this investigation are asked to call Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.