Hugo Fernando Celio
BAKERSFIELD — A 23-year-old man was shot to death by police near a historic hotel in downtown Bakersfield on Sunday morning.
Hugo Fernando Celio of Bakersfield died from a gunshot wound.
According to the Bakersfield Police Department, officers were called to the Padre Hotel at around 2 p.m. on November 29, regarding a fight between several individuals.
“When officers arrived one of the individuals involved tried to flee the scene on foot,” Public Information Officer Gary Carruesco said. “Officers pursued the individual, during which time the individual produced a gun and fired at one of the officers.”
Investigators said that is when the officer returned fire, hitting the suspect, near The Mark restaurant in the 1600 block of Wall Street in downtown Bakersfield. The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending review by the Critical Incident Review Board. No officers or bystanders were injured during the incident.
According to the Kern County Superior Court web site, Celio pleaded no contest to forgery in February 2013, and pleaded no contest to a resisting arrest charge in December 2013.