Police identify alleged gunman arrested for opening fire on Bakersfield police officers

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Police has identified the man taken into custody early Tuesday morning, after investigators say he opened fire on passing police officers.

According to Bakersfield Police Department officials, Daniel Garcia, 32, fired shots around 11:19 p.m. Monday night outside the 7-Eleven store at 3601 Stockdale Highway.

Two marked Bakersfield Police patrol vehicles were traveling southbound on Real Road on their way to a patrol call when the suspect began firing at the officers.

One officer returned fire.

Police said moments before the shooting, Garcia walked into the store with another man, Liodam Gonzalez, 21. Once in the store, Garcia attempted to steal beer from the store, when he was confronted by the store clerk. 

Garcia then pulled out a gun and point it at the clerk's head. 

He was later arrested for attempted murder of a police officer, robbery, participation in a criminal street gang, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a weapon with the intent to commit a felony and a parole violation.
 
Officers also arrested Gonzalez in relation to the shooting for participation in a criminal street gang and
dissuading a witness.
 
Police reported Garcia and Gonzalez as documented criminal street gang members.

No one was injured in the shooting.

The firearm was later recovered at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.

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