Kern County Sheriff issues statement on deputy-involved shooting
Originally published 4-18-20 via Facebook
by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office:
“On Saturday, April 18, 2020, at about 12:42 a.m., deputies were dispatched to a report of shots heard in the 300-block of May Street in Oildale.
Once on scene, deputies determined the shots were fired from a moving vehicle. Deputies located the suspect vehicle in the area a short time later. Deputies attempted to conduct an enforcement stop, but the vehicle failed to yield and led deputies on a pursuit. An occupant of the vehicle fired multiple shots at deputies during the pursuit.
The suspect vehicle became disabled near the intersection of California Avenue and Mervyn’s Place. An officer-involved shooting ensued with an occupant of the suspect vehicle. That suspect was pronounced deceased on-scene. An additional occupant of the vehicle was taken into custody after a standoff.
No deputies were injured during this incident, and deputies involved in the officer-involved shooting were placed on routine administrative leave.
Homicide detectives arrived on scene and assumed command of the investigation. This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110 or the Secret Witness Hotline at (661) 322-4040.
The name of the decedent will be withheld pending positive identification and notification by the Coroner’s Office.”