Cause of death confirmed of woman shot by officers in East Bakersfield; Officers' names released

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Sheriff's Office officials confirmed the cause of death of a woman who was shot Tuesday and said the manner of death was homicide.

The woman was shot and killed after Bakersfield Police tried to talk her down during a suicide attempt in East Bakersfield.

Officer Matt Roy, Officer Chris Dalton, Officer Richard Robles, Senior Officer Andrea Pflugh, Officer Louie Arvizo and Officer Jaime Getz were the Bakersfield Police Officers involved in the shooting.

Police were sent to the 5000 block of Magic Way around 7:45 a.m. to check on Maria Rita Zarate, 31, who was standing in the street with a handgun.

According to police, mental health professionals were on scene and tried to talk the woman out of the situation for nearly 30 minutes.

While in attempt to talk to her, police said the woman raised the gun and pointed it at officers in a threatening manner. That is when several officers fired at the woman, officials said.

The gun was found and taken from the scene.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday and the official cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death was homicide.

No officers were injured during the shooting and police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to call the BPD, (661)327-3711. 

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