The following is a news release from the Bakersfield Police Department:
On Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at approximately 12:05 a.m., the Bakersfield Police Department Communications Center started receiving calls of shots fired at 720 Terrace Way. Bakersfield Police Officers arrived on scene and canvassed the area for any subjects. As the officers were walking through the complex, they heard shots being fired. Officers then observed an adult male holding a rifle.
Officers identified themselves as police officers and ordered the suspect to drop the rifle. The suspect refused and fled from them. A foot pursuit ensued, during which an officer involved shooting occurred. The suspect was struck and taken to a local hospital with major injuries. The suspect is currently in critical condition.
A rifle was recovered.
There were no police officers injured during the incident. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.