BAKERSFIELD — A 42-year-old homeless woman was shot and killed by deputies early Sunday morning after pointing a replica handgun and threatening to shoot them.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began when Maria Rodriguez threw rocks and yelled at deputies at a stone manufacturing business, located in the 1600 block of Union Avenue in Bakersfield at around 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 3. “Deputies on scene tried to help the woman,” said Sheriff’s spokesperson Ray Pruitt. “But when she pointed a handgun at them, all three fired their weapons.” Paramedics arrived on the scene a short time later and pronounced Rodriguez dead.
Consequently, detectives were called out and initiated an investigation, where they discovered that the Rodriguez ‘s gun was a B.B. gun replica of a real semi-automatic handgun. The Sheriff’s Office said that Rodriguez has no affiliation to the stone manufacturing business.
All three deputies will be on paid administrative leave pending a use of force review. An autopsy is scheduled to determine manner and cause of death.
NOTE – Rodriguez was at first misidentified as Sarah Bustamonte. The Coroner later identified the person shot as Maria Rodriguez.
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