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A local homeowner shoots suspect for possible burglary in progress

The Bakersfield Police department is investigating shooting
Posted at 12:46 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 03:46:01-04

Sgt. Robert Pair with the Bakersfield Police Department says officers responded just after 6 pm Sunday to a residence on the 2300 block of Mirto Court, near Ashe Road and Ming Avenue.

Pair says, "Prior to officers arrival we were notified that shots were fired by the homeowner at the purported intruder. Upon arrival officers confirmed that the subject was struck by gunfire."

When officers arrived they determined the suspect was attempting to force entry when the homeowner fired at the suspect. However, Sgt. Pair says the details are limited.

"Anytime the investigation is still occurring information that is specific to the case, such as the nature and type of the investigations; out of an abundance of caution to not compromise the investigation you weigh that against public safety concerns. And were not going to be releasing that until the conclusion of the investigation. "

Pair says the suspect was transported to an area hospital with moderate, but non-life threatening injuries. Both the homeowner and the suspect are men. And police say they did know each other. No arrests have been made and another resident was in the home at the time of the incident.

Police say the person who fired was a lawful gun owner, but it's too early to say if it will be considered self-defense. "To speak to future events as to if this was self defense, the investigation has to play out first."