Market clerk shoots robbery suspect in the head

BPD: Suspect taken to KMC with major injuries

A man is in critical condition after he was shot in the head by a store clerk, officials said.

At about 1 a.m. Monday,  Bakersfield police officers were sent to the Mi Tierra Market located at 300 South Owens St. regarding a robbery.

Officials said the store clerk told them that he had shot one of the suspects.

Officers said they found evidence that was consistent with one of the suspects being shot, but the suspects had since fled from the store.

Officers said the clerk said three men entered the business and at least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun. The clerk said the men ordered the store employees to the ground at which time the victim retrieved a handgun and fired a single round at the suspects, officers said. 

At 1:05 a.m., the BPD received a call from Kern Medical Center indicating that a victim of a gunshot wound to the head that had arrived at the hospital by taxi, officers said.

Officers located the taxi and taxi driver a short time later near Niles Street and Mt. Vernon Avenue. The taxi driver was not involved in the robbery and has been cooperating with the investigation, officers said. 

Additional investigation revealed that four suspects entered the store. One suspect is at Kern Medical Center; two suspects have been located and detained, leaving the fourth suspect outstanding, officials said.

Detectives are working on leads to identify and locate the outstanding suspect. Investigation also led to a residence in the 100 block of Kincaid St. where detectives are currently serving a search warrant. 

The suspect who was shot is listed in critical condition at Kern Medical Center. Names of the involved parties are not being released at this time due to the fluid nature of this investigation. 

This investigation is on-going and anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111. 

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