On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at approximately 1:25 p.m., Bakersfield Police Officers were dispatched to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park located at 901 East California Avenue for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male, later identified as Donald Ray Herron 46, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Herron was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.
Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Persons Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Detectives learned that Herron was involved in a physical altercation with a 56 year old male at the park. During the altercation, Herron was stabbed. The male adult, later identified as the victim, was detained pending further investigation.
Detectives obtained a statement from the victim, which was corroborated 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 striking the victim with his fists. The victim, believing he is about to lose consciousness, stabbed Herron with a knife.
The victim was released and transported 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.