On Tuesday evening, police say an officer shot and killed a man in east Bakersfield

Police investigating an officer involved shooting

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Around 5 p.m., Bakersfield Police say an officer was driving near the intersection of Pacific Street and Miller Street when the officer spotted a man carrying what they thought was a gun. 

The officer tried to stop the man, but he refused.

Sgt. Uriel Pacheco, of the Bakersfield Police Department, said the officer chased after the suspect and during the foot pursuit, the officer engaged the suspect with his firearm, striking the suspect. Pacheo said officers provided CPR until the paramedics arrived. 

Nelson Dale lives near where the man was shot and said he heard dispatch talking about a Hispanic male in a white t-shirt and grey pants. 

"Right after that, not even five seconds (late), pow pow, two shots right  away," Dale said. 

Another witness, Kapreece Castenada, said she heard the man screaming. 

"He was screaming, 'I surrender. i don't have a gun.'" said Castenada. "They ran. They were still shooting. They ran up and kept shooting him, and shooting him and shooting him." 

Family members identified the man as Jonathan Lopez, 28. 

His cousin says he was one who always tried to bring people together. 

"He was passive and humble, that is who Jonathan is," said Francine De La Rosa. 

While there are a lot of unanswered questions on Tuesday night, witnesses said they know one thing for sure: 
"Killing is killing regardless if you have a badge or not," said De La Rosa. "Murder is murder." 

Several questions including if Lopez fired at the officer or if he actually had a gun went unanswered. 

Police said it is still early in the investigation. 

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