Adrian Hernandez, 22, rape and arson suspect, killed in shootout near Garces High School

Police shoot suspect after chase

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A man accused of raping a woman then setting her house on fire was shot and killed Friday evening.

At about 9:45 p.m., Bakersfield police officers said they found a vehicle associated with Adrian Hernandez being driven in the area of Hart Park. 

Officials identified the driver as Hernandez, 22, of Bakersfield, who was also wanted in the alleged rape and house fire from Friday morning.


Detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and sexual assault.

Officers said Hernandez led officers on a pursuit through downtown Bakersfield, and although spike strips were used, Hernandez continued to drive erratically. 
The vehicle left the roadway and came to a stop in the 4000 block of Union Avenue.

Hernandez then stepped out of the vehicle, armed with a gun and police opened fire, according to officials.
Medical and fire personnel were sent to the scene and began performing CPR on Hernandez.

Hernandez died a short time later.

A gun was recovered by Hernandez, officials said.

The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Senior Officer Rick Wimbish, with 23 years of experience, Officer Edgar Aguilera, with three years of experience, Officer Jaime Hayes and Officer Michael Malley, each with eight years of experience and Officer Damian Romero with one and a half years of experience.

The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation and review by the Critical Incident Review Board.

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