Bystander injured during struggle between BPD officer & suspect after gun goes off

One person arrested following struggle

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A bystander was injured during a struggle between a Bakersfield Police officer and a suspect after the officer's gun went off.

The incident occurred just after 5 a.m. early Monday morning at a home in the 5900 block of Hughes Lane.

Bakersfield Police officials said officers were responding to a peace disturbance call. Upon their arrival, the female suspect, Adelaida Cortez, got into a heated confrontation with one of the officers.

Officers arrested Cortez and attempted to place her into the backseat of a patrol vehicle. Cortez violently resisted, refusing to get into the back seat, officials said.

During the struggle, Cortez grabbed one of the officer’s holstered firearm, causing it to discharge a round, through the holster and into the ground, officials said.

Three people standing near the patrol car were hit by shrapnel, causing minor injuries, officials said.

Cortez was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, resisting arrest, under the influence of a controlled substance and several other charges, officials said.

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