BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A woman who pointed a B.B. gun at three KCSO deputies is dead after an officer-involved shooting Sunday morning, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said.
The KCSO says deputies were sent to a stone manufacturing business in the 1600 block of Union Avenue at around 4:30 a.m., due to reports of a woman yelling and throwing rocks. When officers arrived at the business, they found 32-year-old Sarah Bustamante standing on a large pile of stones located on the business property.
Three deputies climbed the stone pile and tried to check on Bustamante's welfare, but as they tried to talk to her to come down from the rock pile, the KCSO said, she pointed a handgun at them. All three deputies then fired their duty weapons, according to the statement from the KCSO, causing Bustamante to drop the weapon and fall onto the rock pile.
The KCSO said paramedics arrived a short time later and pronounced Bustamante dead at the scene. Detectives were also called out and started an investigation, which revealed that Bustamante's gun was a B.B. gun replica of a real semi-automatic handgun.
The KCSO said Bustamante "has no affiliation to the stone manufacturing business."
The three deputies will be on paid administrative leave pending a use of force review, the KCSO said. An autopsy is also scheduled to determine the manner and cause of death of Bustamante.
The deputies involved were identified by the Sheriff's office as Sr. Deputy David Stephens, K-9 Deputy Dwayne Perkins and Deputy Rodney Jones.
If anyone has information on this case, you are asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (661) 861 - 3110 or Secret Witness at (661) 322 - 4040. Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411), just type the keyword "KCSO" prior to the message.
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