Local veteran from Taft says stolen motorcycle involved in chase and deadly shooting belongs to him

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A local veteran says it was his motorcycle that was stolen and driven by the man that was chased by Sheriff's deputies and shot Wednesday night in Oildale.

Jeffrey Rutledge received a call from a friend that recognized his stolen motorcycle on TV. He went to the scene of the shooting that occurred Wednesday night and realized it was his motorcycle that was stolen and involved.

Rutledge is a veteran that did a tour of duty in Iraq. He says he saved up just enough money to purchase the motorcycle and used it to get to class every night at Taft College. His motorcycle was stolen in late January.

"It hurts, and a lot of sacrifices were made between myself joining and everything going on when I was there and just to see someone take something from someone in this position hurts," said Rutledge.

Rutledge found out today that his motorcycle was the one involved in a chase that led to a deadly shooting outside the Beardsley Market in Oildale Wednesday night.

Rutledge says he feels like justice has been served but now he has to figure out how he will fix his motorcycle once he is reunited with it. He is hoping to get it back from the Sheriff's office on Monday.

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