Bakersfield Police Officer cleared in connection to Veneto St. shooting

Veneto Street Shooting
Posted at 2:10 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 17:11:00-05

BAKESFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — A review board has cleared a Bakersfield police officer in a shooting that took place back in March on Veneto St.

On March 18th, officers were called out to a residence following a report of domestic battery in the area of Veneto Street around 8 p.m. When they arrived, BPD said they came into contact with 39-year-old Ryan Lake, a developmentally disabled adult, at the front door. He was holding what appeared to be a gun and fired once at officers. Officer Joshua Rhodes shot at Lake once and missed.

It was later determined that Lake was holding a paintball gun.

Lake remained in his home for several hours after the shooting occurred and was eventually apprehended with the assistance of the BPD K-9 unit. He was arrested for domestic battery, brandishing an imitation firearm at a person, resisting arrest, and assault on a Police K-9.

On Friday, the BPD's Critical Incident Review Board determined that all shots by Rhodes were "within department policy and legal requirements."

The BPD provided an edited version of the police body-worn camera footage, which can be seen below. WARNING: Contains language and scenes which may be offensive to some viewers.