Armed man dies after being shot by police near Downtown Bakersfield restaurant

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A suspect is dead in an officer-involved shooting that occurred near a restaurant in Downtown Bakersfield early Sunday morning.

At around 2:00 am, Bakersfield Police officers were dispatched to the Padre Hotel on the intersection of 18th and H streets regarding a fight between several people.

When officers arrived, they made contact with one of the suspects who ran from them.

A brief chase ensued, during which officers said 23-year-old Hugo Fernando Celio, pulled out a gun and fired at one of the officers.

The officer returned fire, striking the suspect near The Mark restaurant.

Bakersfield police said that Officer Bishop, who has been with the department for 8 months, returned fire striking Celio. 

Bishop had previously held a position as an officer for 7 years with California City Police Department and 1 year with the Ridgecrest Police Department.

Celio was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No officers or bystanders were injured.
Bishop was placed on routine paid administrative leave pending review by the Critical Incident Review Board.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.


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