Family of Justin Harger, man shot and killed by Bakersfield police, speak out

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The mother and a friend of Justin Hager, one of the men shot and killed by Bakersfield police during a shootout Monday, is now speaking out. 

The Harger family is angry because they believe that the shooting of Harger was premeditated murder. 

Sheila Somers, Harger's mother, said police showed up to her home just days before his death and said they would kill Justin when they found him.

According to Somers police told her, "you would want to turn him in because if we find him we are shooting him and if we catch him we are going to kill him."

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Harger had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on a suspected assault charge. 

Family members explained they know Harger was no angel, but don't believe he should of died this way. 

"The first thing I thought of was I can't believe they carried it out. I can't believe the cops did it," said Somers. 

According to the Bakersfield Police Department, officers did visit the home weeks prior to the incident, but had never made that type of statement to family member. 

Family members are speaking with an attorney to consider their options. 



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