BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The California Department of Justice is investigating Tuesday’s deadly officer-involved shooting after it was determined the man killed was not armed with a gun at the time he was shot.

Bakersfield police Sgt. Robert Pair said the the department notified the DOJ after determining the man had been holding a knife, not a gun, when shot in the area of Daniels Lane and Union Avenue. The man had earlier been armed with a gun, Pair said, but discarded it as he ran from police through a dirt field.

Under state law, the DOJ is required to investigate all police shootings resulting in the death of an unarmed person. Attorney General Rob Bonta sent a news release Wednesday saying the DOJ will independently review Tuesday’s shooting.

The name of the man killed has not yet been released.

There were two shooting scenes: the first occurred when officers confronted him near the railroad tracks at Madison Street and East Belle Terrace while he was armed with a handgun, and the second after the man ran through the dirt field, police said. Police said a knife and gun were recovered.

A total of eight officers fired, police said. They’re on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The officers were equipped with body-worn cameras and the the footage will be made available to the public, police said.

BPD has also released the names and tenure of the eight officers involved in the shooting:


  • Scott Lazenby – 20 years
  • Andrew Ferguson – 25 years

Senior Officers:

  • Anthony Flores – 8 years
  • Nicholas Ashby – 9 years


  • Cortez Summit – 6 years
  • James King – 7 years
  • Chad Rogers – 6 years
  • Dominic Ramirez – 1 year