UPDATE: KCSO identifies man killed in Tuesday double homicide

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UPDATE (Aug. 8) — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man who was killed in Tuesday’s double homicide as 47-year-old Paul Ray Shawn Dean.


UPDATE (Aug. 7) — Police arrested Eric Lavelle Nichols in Wasco on Thursday in connection to the double homicide in central Bakersfield from earlier this week. According to the Bakersfield Police Department, Nichols was booked into the Kern County Jail for two counts of murder. The identities of the victims have not been released.


Update (Aug. 6) — The Bakersfield Police Department identified 49-year-old Eric Lavelle Nichols as the suspect in the central Bakersfield shooting that left two men dead. BPD issued an arrest warrant for Nichols on two counts of murder. He is described as having black hair, brown eyes, weighs 250 pounds and is six feet tall. The shooting occurred on 10th and M streets Tuesday night.

Eric Lavelle Nichols

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.


UPDATE (Aug. 5) — The Bakersfield Police Department confirms with 17 News that the victim taken to the hospital overnight has died. 

BPD said in a news release that officers responded to the shooting on 10th and M streets due to a report of shots fired through ShotSpotter activation.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A fatal shooting is under investigation by Bakersfield police after two men were shot late Tuesday evening.

A heavy police presence was at 10th and M streets shortly before 11 p.m.

Bakersfield Police says two men were shot and found in the street suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the men died and the other was taken to Kern Medical Center in critical condition.

It is unknown what led up to the shooting.

Bakersfield police are continuing to investigate.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Bakersfield police at 661-327-7111.

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