Woman killed in officer involved shooting in East Bakersfield

Police tried to disarm woman

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A woman was shot and killed after Bakersfield Police tried to talk her down during a suicide attempt in East Bakersfield, Tuesday.

Police were sent to the 5000 block of Magic Way around 7:45 a.m. to check on Maria Rita Zarate, 31, who was standing in the street with a handgun. 

According to police, mental health professionals were on scene and tried to talk the woman out of the situation for nearly 30 minutes. 

While in attempt to talk to her, police said the woman raised the gun and pointed it at officers in a threatening manner. That is when several officers fired at the woman. 

The gun was found and taken from the scene. 

No officers were injured during the shooting and police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the BPD, (661)327-3711. 


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