Police searching for burglary suspect in Central Bakersfield

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

On Monday at about 5::30 a.m., officers of the Bakersfield Police Department were sent to an apartment regarding gunshots fired in the complex located at 1400 Calcutta Drive.

Officers said they contacted two separate victims of a vehicle burglary. One of the victims reported exiting their residence where they encountered the unknown suspect still in the victim’s vehicle. 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. 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. The suspect again turned in a manner which led the victim to believe that the suspect was armed. The victim fired a second round at the suspect. 

The suspect was described as black, 20 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall, with a thin build and was last seen wearing a plaid hooded jacket, dark pants and a hat.

The suspect was not located and was last seen running west bound through the parking lot. No victims of gunshot wounds were located. It is not known at this time if the suspect was struck by the gunfire. The firearm used in this incident was seized pending further investigation. The citizen who fired the shots was not arrested however; the investigation into the lawfulness of his actions is on-going. 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. 

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

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