Police: Man saw car thief, fired shots at the suspect

Suspect is at-large, condition unknown

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in locating a person, or persons, involved in a vehicle burglary investigation.

Officers of the Bakersfield Police Department responded to a report of gunshots fired in the apartment complex located at 1400 Calcutta Drive at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.

Officers contacted two separate victims of a vehicle burglary, officials said.

One of the victims reported exiting their residence where they encountered the unknown suspect still in the victim’s vehicle, officials said.

The male victim told the suspect he was calling the police and produced a firearm ordering the suspect to remain there while the police responded, officials said.

The suspect refused to comply, exited the vehicle and made movements which caused the victim to fear that the suspect was armed. The victim, believing he was in danger, fired one round at the suspect as the suspect was turning and running, officials said.

The suspect again turned in a threatening manner and the victim fired a second round at the suspect, officials said. 

The suspect was described as a black man in his 20s to 30s, 6-feet tall with a  thin build. He was wearing a plaid hooded jacket, dark pants and a hat, officials said.

The suspect was not located and was last seen running westbound through the parking lot. No victims of gunshot wounds were located, officials said.

It is not known at this time if the suspect was struck by the gunfire, official said.

The firearm used in this incident was seized pending further investigation, officials said.

The man who fired the shots was not arrested, but authorities are investigating.

Both bullet strikes were located and there was minimal property damage to the parking lot and a stucco wall as a result of the shots, officials said.

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

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