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UPDATE: Coroner identifies man fatally shot by BPD officer in East Bakersfield Tuesday

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 11:33:43-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — (UPDATE 8:30 a.m.) The Kern County Coroner identified 27-year-old Jose Marcos Ramirez as the man shot and killed by a Bakersfield Police Officer in East Bakersfield Tuesday morning.


Bakersfield police shot and killed a man they say was armed with a knife and had just stabbed his mother.

Tuesday morning, police were called to this area for a man police say was still armed with a knife.

Cell phone video we've obtained shows the seconds leading up to shots being fired, you can hear officers telling him to drop the weapon.

At around 8:45 Tuesday morning, the Bakersfield police department responded to 911 on Sonora Street near Eureka Street.

"Officers received an emergency call regarding a subject who had just stabbed his mother multiple times, a witness followed the subject after he fled on foot, the witness advised that the suspect was still armed with a knife," said Sgt. Robert Pair, public information officer, Bakersfield Police Department.

BPD says the stabbing happened on Sonora Street, but officers confronted the man on Bakers Street near East 18th.

In a video taken from inside a nearby home, you can hear officers yelling the man still has a knife in his hand and telling him to get on the ground for approximately 10 seconds before shots are fired.

"Shortly after officers made contact with that subject who was still armed with the knife, they attempted to take that subject into custody using less-lethal ammunition, however that failed, an officer-involved shooting took place," said Sgt. Pair.

These less-lethal tactics were "direct impact ammunition" which was described as a "foam-type round."Officials say shortly after officers opened fire.

Police say the suspect was taken to a local hospital for his injuries but later died.

Officials say the suspect's mother was also taken to the hospital with moderate injuries from the stabbing.

"Investigators will be reviewing all of the evidence that is available to come to the truth of the matter, officers were equipped with body-worn cameras and that footage will be released after it has been processed," said Sgt. Pair.

As of right now, it is unknown whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved, this incident is still under investigation.

Police say officers were wearing body cameras at the time, we've requested the full unedited video from police and will bring that to you as soon as we receive it.