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Man injured in officer-involved-shooting in Shafter

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Posted at 6:18 AM, Sep 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-04 01:53:35-04

SHAFTER, Calif (KERO) — UPDATE: On Friday Shafter Police announced which officers from their department had shot at the suspect in an incident on Thursday. Sergeant Lionel Lopez and Officer Maira Puente were the ones involved. Lopez has 30 years of service and Puente has 5.


The Kern County Sheriff's Department will be looking into a shooting overnight involving a Shafter police officer.

Shafter Police Department officials say they received a call of a car into a house just after 1 a.m. Thursday morning on Minter Avenue near Walnut Street. Officials say they located a man they believed to be the possible driver of the car and attempted to make contact with him when the shooting occurred.

"There was an engagement [that] resulted in an officer-involved shooting. The suspect was transported to a local hospital. We are still early stages of investigating this," said Capt. Jeff Bell of the Shafter Police Department.

Captain Bell said the sheriff's department will investigate the officer-involved shooting component.

There's no update on the suspect's injuries. No officers were injured.