Bakersfield Police Department releasaes information into shooting death of Bakersfield man

Witness: Man dropped gun before shooting


More information is being released regarding the fatal shooting from Tuesday night between a Bakersfield police officer and a Bakersfield man.

Officials said that Officer Keith Cason was in the area of Pacific and Miller streets when he saw 28-year-old Jonathan Lopez walking eastbound across Miller Street carrying a firearm in his hand.

Officials said Cason ordered Lopez to stop, but Lopez started to run from the officer.

Cason pursued Lopez on foot as he ran through an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Niles Street.

Cason again commanded Lopez to stop; however, Lopez continued to run and turned toward Cason and started shooting, officials said.

Cason returned fire and Lopez continued to run away.

Cason continued to give commands at Lopez to stop; however, Lopez continued to flee southbound into a residential area on the south side of the 1300 block of Niles Street.

As Lopez reached the south alley of the 1300 block of Niles Street, officials said Cason again commanded Lopez to stop.

Witnesses told 23ABC that at this point Lopez was shouting at Cason telling him he didn't have a gun anymore.

Officials said that Cason fired again and Lopez stopped fleeing.

Lopez was taken into custody and taken to a local hospital where he later died. Lopez had an extensive criminal history and was on post release supervision, officials said.

Witness information and investigation confirmed Lopez was in possession of a firearm and discarded it after firing it at Cason during the pursuit.

Lopez’s firearm was later recovered by officers at the scene after the execution of search warrants.

Edna Diaz 43, was arrested on charges of concealing material evidence and accessory to attempted murder.

Cason has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327- 7111.


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