Officials: Man killed in hotel shootout was police informant
Jorge Ramirez was giving police updates on suspect
Last Updated: 60 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Officials said one of the men shot and killed by Bakersfield police during a shootout Sept. 16, was a police informant.
Bakersfield Police Officers received information from Jorge Ramirez, 34, that Justin Bryan Harger , 32, of Bakersfield, was in a SUV or Jeep, and was near the area of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel., officials said.
On Sept. 16 officers observed Harger’s vehicle arrive in the parking lot of the hotel and stopped on the vehicle. Harger and Ramirez were inside the vehicle.
Harger and Ramirez both exited the vehicle and Harger opened fire on the officers. Officers returned fire, and both Harger and Ramirez were shot, officials said.
During the exchange of gunfire, an officer was shot in the head and was transported to a local hospital with minor injury. The officer was soon released.
Both Harger and Ramirez died at the scene.
Officials said Ramirez had worked as a confidential informant one other time.
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Harger was wanted by the US Marshals and local law enforcement for assault with a deadly weapon.
Harger’s previous convictions include possession of a controlled substance, felony evading officers using a vehicle, transporting a controlled substance, forgery and felon in possession of a firearm.
Ramirez’s prior convictions include possession of a controlled substance for sales, carrying a loaded firearm in public and multiple domestic violence convictions. Ramirez had a Criminal Protective Order placed against him and was on parole for possession of stolen property.
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