A man was shot and killed by Bakersfield Police early Friday morning after officers say he fired on them, according to the Bakersfield Police department.
Darrin Hogg, 22, died at Kern Medical Center about a half hour after the 12:20 a.m. incident at Niles Street and Union Avenue in central Bakersfield. The westbound Highway 178 onramp from Union Avenue was closed while police investigate the incident.
On Friday around 12 a.m., Bakersfield police responded to the 300 block of Monterey Street for a report of subjects fighting.
Officers responded but were unable to locate an altercation, however, heard several gunshots in the area, Sergeant Mary DeGeare said.
DeGeare said officers continued patrolling and at 12:20 a.m., Officer Daniel McAfee was traveling west on Niles Place from Union Avenue when he observed Hogg, walking west on the north side of the road.
McAfee called to Hogg requesting to speak with him to determine his involvement, if any, in the disturbance, DeGearea said.
Hogg declined and continued walking. As McAfee started to exit his patrol car to continue to investigate, police said Hogg turned on McAfee and began shooting at him with a .45 caliber handgun, then started running east bound on Niles Place towards Union Avenue, DeGeare said.
DeGeare said McAfee returned fire.
Simultaneously, partnered Officers Robert Pair and Michael Johns arrived and observed the gunfire exchange between Hogg and McAfee.
As Pair and Johns exited their patrol car, Hogg began shooting at them as well, DeGeare said.
Both Pair and Johns returned fire striking Hogg multiple times and Hogg fell and was taken into custody.
Hogg was transported to Kern Medical Center where he died.
Officers located Hogg's weapon which Hogg had shot empty.
Police said .45 caliber casings were also located in the 200 block of Monterey near Hoggs residence and may be related to the gunfire officers heard prior to contacting Hogg.
Police said Hoggs gunfire struck both patrol cars multiple times, including the head rest of the driver seat and the right rear quarter panel of the car McAfee was exiting when Hogg began to fire at him. Also sturck was the passenger side spotlight, right front bumper, passenger door, and right quarter panel on the vehicle Johns and Pair were exiting when Hogg fired on them, DeGeare said.
Hogg had an existing felony warrant for cocaine sales out of Sacramento, Calif.
None of the three officers involved were injured. They will be placed on routine administrative leave until the conclusion of the investigation and subsequent review process.
The investigation is continuing.
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