UPDATE (Dec. 3 at 3:41 p.m.): Police said no firearm was recovered from the suspect or his vehicle. Instead, it appears the item officers believed was a gun was actually a flashlight.
The suspect, who has not been named, made suicidal statements after being shot, according to police. He’s expected to survive.
Officers found a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine in his truck, police said.
The two officers who confronted the man believed he was in possession of a firearm based on radio traffic and body camera audio, according to the BPD. Multiple witnesses told investigators they saw the man point what they believed was a gun at the officers, the agency said.
Body camera footage will be released to the public at a later date, police said, and the District Attorney’s office will provide an independent review once the department’s investigation is complete.
UPDATE: (Nov. 30, 5:40 p.m.): According to BPD, Monday’s officer-involved shooting stemmed from an emergency call regarding a piece of stolen heavy equipment.
Police said they received an emergency call around 3:14 p.m. on Monday about an adult male who stole a piece of heavy equipment, identified as a skiploader, from an area of road construction in the 2000 block of Truxtun Avenue. According to police, the adult male started driving the skiploader in the area.
Police said officers responded in a matter of minutes before the suspect fled from the skiploader into an older-model Nissan pickup truck. According to police, officers confronted the suspect and an officer-involved shooting occurred.
Police said two officers were involved in the shooting and both were equipped with body-worn cameras. One officer sustained minor injuries and was treated with first-aid only at the scene. Police said the suspect was struck at least one time by the officers’ gunfire. The suspect was transported to a local hospital and is listed in critical but stable condition.
According to BPD, the body-worn camera footage will be released when a Community Critical Incident Debrief is completed. At this time, BPD are unable to confirm whether the suspect was armed.
“Our goal is to find the truth of the matter,” BPD Sergeant Robert Pair said.
Once BPD completes its investigation, it will be forwarded to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office for review. The officers involved will be placed on administrative leave while the department conducts its investigation, per standard protocol.
UPDATE (Nov. 30, 4:06 p.m.): Truxtun Avenue is closed in both directions between A and F streets while police investigate the shooting.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — An officer-involved shooting occurred Monday afternoon on Truxtun Avenue east of Mercy Hospital, police said.
Motorists are urged to avoid the area as traffic will be “heavily impacted,” according to the Bakersfield Police Department.
Defense attorney Bill Slocumb, whose office is near where the shooting happened, said he heard about eight gunshots. He said he didn’t witness the shooting or what led to it, but afterward saw police setting up crime scene tape and taking measurements as they began their investigation.
17 News’ Perla Shaheen is live at the scene and tweeting her observations.