Stabbing Suspect Dead in Officer Involved Shooting

OILDALE — A 33-year-old Oildale man suspected of stabbing another man is dead.

Incident occurred here on Woodrow Ave.

The suspect, Caleb Blackburn died after being transported to Kern Medical Center shortly after being shot during a confrontation and a struggle with a Kern County Sheriffs deputy.

Police said the incident began after deputies responded to a 911 call regarding a stabbing at 4:46 p.m., May 16, at a residence located in the 100 block of Woodrow Avenue in Oildale — a neighborhood on the northern side of Bakersfield.

Upon their arrival, deputies quickly discovered the victim, 61-year-old Danny Jones, in the front yard of the residence suffering from a stab wound to his neck.

Blackburn was still inside the kitchen of the apartment, where neighbors said he and Jones lived together.

According to Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt, Blackburn acted strangely, refusing to follow orders from the deputies, forcing them to use a Taser in an effort to arrest him. However, the Taser had no effect, and while being taken into custody, Blackburn grabbed a deputy’s service weapon and tried to remove it from the holster.

“It was during that struggle that one of the deputies shot the suspect at least one time in the upper body,” Pruitt said.

Authorities have not revealed whether Blackburn was armed with a weapon at the time of the altercation, nor what motivated the incident.

The victim, who is known locally as “No-Neck Dan,” was also transported by ambulance to Kern Medical Center where he was treated and released, Pruitt said.

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