Officials: Shooting on McDonald Way between Ming Avenue, Belle Terrace

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Officials say 29-year-old Miguel Villanueva is in critical condition at Kern Medical Center after being shot multiple times during a stand-off with SWAT, BPD and CHP officers.

A California Highway Patrol officer said he attempted to pull over Villanueva because he was talking on a cell phone while driving near Belle Terrace and Castro Lane at 3 p.m.

Villanueva led the CHP officer on a short pursuit and then crashed the stolen car into a Volvo at McDonald Way and Belle Terrace, BPD Sergeant Joe Grubbs said.

The CHP officer lost sight of Villanueva temporarily but a citizen informed him that Villanueva was in a detached garage in the 1000 block of McDonald Way, Grubbs said.

Several CHP officers located Villanueva and he fired a shot, nearly striking one of the officers, officials said. 

BPD officers arrived and along with CHP officers they ordered Villanueva to surrender, officials said.

Villanueva fired several more rounds at officers and one BPD officer returned fire, Grubbs said.

Officials said nearby apartments were evacuated, and anyone who lived between Ming Avenue and Belle Terrace was asked to not come home. 

The Kern County Sheriff's Office SWAT and BPD SWAT and bomb squad arrived at the scene and used bomb squad robots, officials said.

SWAT officers and Villanueva's family members assisted to try and get him to surrender peacefully, officials said. Police said after several hours of negotiation, SWAT officers made contact with Villanueva and an officer involved shooting began in which Villanueva was injured.

Villanueva was taken to Kern Medical Center and is listed in stable condition, Grubbs said. 

Police said Villanueva has been arrested for attempted murder of a police officer and additional charges are anticipated. Officials say Villanueva is on post community release supervision, also known as AB109.

McDonald Way, Belle Terrace and Parkwood Court, the street where the stand-off took place, have now been re-opened.

West High School was put on lockdown two minutes before students were supposed to be let out, officials said. The lockdown was lifted a little over an hour after it started.

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