PD: Woman pointed replica gun at police before being shot

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department is continuing to investigate the officer involved shooting, which occurred in the 5200 block of Magic Avenue Tuesday.

The woman, identified as Maria Rita Zarate, 31, of Bakersfield used a replica handgun and pointed it at officers during the incident, officials from the BPD said.

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The replica firearm closely resembles a real Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun, officials said.

The replica firearm has specific detail work making it appear authentic, including a “dove tailed front site,” removable magazine and a moveable slide, officials said.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Bakersfield Police at (661) 327-7111.

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