Man stab, kills man at Martin Luther King Park in self-defense

Victim did not want to fight, said witnesses

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A man died from stab wounds after an altercation at a park, Tuesday afternoon.

46-year-old Donald Ray Herron was involved in a physical altercation that resulted in his death at Martin Luther King Park Tuesday.

At about 1:25 p.m., Bakersfield Police Officers went to the park located at 901 E. California Ave for a report of assault.

Upon arrival, officers found Herron suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Herron was taken to Kern Medical Center, where he died as a result of his injuries. 


Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Persons Unit went to the scene and took over the investigation.
Detectives learned that Herron was involved in an altercation with a 56-year-old male at the park. During the altercation, Herron was stabbed. The 56-year-old male adult, later identified as the victim, was detained for further investigation.
Detectives obtained a statement from the victim, which was confirmed by several witnesses.
According to the witnesses, Herron instigated the fight and struck the victim several times with a wooden stake.
At one point, Herron and the victim were separated by onlookers and witnesses heard the victim tell Herron he did not want to fight. However, Herron continued hitting the victim with his fists. The victim stabbed Herron with a knife in self-defense.
The victim was released and taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111 or Detective David Cox at 326-3514.


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