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Suspect arrested following overnight standoff in Central Bakersfield

SAN DIMAS
Posted at 5:50 PM, Oct 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 14:30:38-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif — (UPDATE 11:11 a.m.) Bakersfield Police arrested a man Monday morning after a nearly 14-hour standoff in Central Bakersfield.

According to BPD, officers responded to the area of San Dimas and Q streets just after 5 p.m. Sunday for reports of an assault with a hammer. Authorities said the victim, a female, sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Elliot Davis, barricaded himself inside a home on San Dimas Street with his 4-year-old child inside after throwing an explosive device at officers. Authorities said negotiators made contact with Davis who refused to let the child go.

According to the BPD, "a perimeter was established and crisis negotiators made contact with Davis. He made statements indicating he was in possession of additional explosive devices, the potential of forcing officers to kill him, and refused to allow the juvenile to leave the residence."

Davis was seen in possession of an improvised explosive device and made statements that led officers to believe the child's life was in danger.

Officers were able to rescue the child and Davis was taken into custody with the assistance of a police K-9. During the rescue, another explosive device was detonated.

At around 4:30 a.m. 23ABC news crews reported seeing the child taken from the home in a gurney after being released by the suspect. The child was taken to a local hospital suffering from abrasions.

Davis was taken to a local hospital after sustaining burns related to the incendiary device, as well as injuries sustained from the K-9. He faces charges of attempted murder, domestic violence, and possession of explosive and incendiary devices.

Bakersfield Police Department Explosive Ordinance officers located additional explosive materials inside of the residence.

The investigation is ongoing.


(UPDATE 4:27 a.m.) 23ABC reporter Kallyn Hobmann says an ambulance arrived at the scene at around 4:15 a.m. A gurney was scene carrying out a child. The child's condition is not known.

The ambulance arrived moments after loud bangs were heard coming from the home. BPD has not confirmed what the sounds were.


Bakersfield Police have setup a blockade in the area of San Dimas and Q streets.

23ABC has crews currently on scene looking into the situation.

According to officials on the scene they were called out at 5:07 p.m. Sunday for an assault. One person has been injured.

When they arrived a man was barricaded in his home.

This is a developing story and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.