Review Board: BPD officers within departmental policy in fatal Aug. shooting

Posted at 10:05 AM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 13:06:37-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A Critical Incident Review Board has determined that all shots fired by Bakersfield Police officers during a deadly shooting on August 17, 2020 were within departmental policy.

According to BPD, 65-year-old Everardo Gonzalez Santana was wielding a knife when officers shot him. Santana was taken to a hospital where he later died.

BPD said Santana was involved in a carjacking and stabbed multiple people.

Video of the shooting between officers and Santana showed the moments Santana stabs one person at a convenience store and later shows the moments officers find Santana and ultimately open fire.

Video shows officers confronted Santana in a parking lot in the area of P Street and Brundage Lane.

Santana has his hands raised above his head, but still has a knife in his hand.

An officer instructs Santana to put the knife down three times as Santana approaches.

Santana is then seen on police body camera footage charging the officer, the officer then fires multiple times.

The officers involved in the shooting are identified as Detective Jeffrey Martin and Officer Aaron Waddle. Both have been returned to full duty.