TO UPDATE: The Bakersfield Police Department says a K9 was killed while on duty while officers were pursuing a stolen vehicle suspect in Southeast Bakersfield. The suspect was also killed in a police shootout.
According to the BPD, officials attempted to stop a reported stolen vehicle just before 9 p.m. on Highway 58 heading east. The suspect, identified only as a man, did not give in, walked off the street and fell through a fence down the dam, according to BPD.
The suspect walked to the 2000 block of Feliz Drive near Cottonwood Road. Bakersfield Police Sergeant Robert Pair said shots were fired when officers tried to take him into custody and both the suspect and a K9 were hit. K9 Police, unidentified at the time, were taken to an emergency veterinary hospital where they were pronounced dead. The suspect was also taken to hospital and died from his injuries.
After losing the division, Sgt. Pair said, “This officer works with this dog every day, it’s more than a dog for this officer, it’s your best friend. This officer is understandably devastated. “
Sgt. Paar said it was not lost in the department that a person was also killed. Officers involved in the incident were with body-worn cameras and Sgt. Paar said the video will be released in a timely manner.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The Bakersfield Police Department is on a gunnery investigation in the area of Feliz Drive and Franco Road in southeast Bakersfield. Further details of the shooting in which the officer was involved have not yet been released.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.