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BPD releases video of deadly officer-involved shooting

Posted at 12:56 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 17:07:11-04

The Bakersfield Police Department has released video showing the moments officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man, accused of a stabbing and carjacking earlier in August.

On Aug. 17, BPD says 65-year-old Everardo Gonzalez Santana was involved in a carjacking and stabbed multiple people.

Video released Friday shows 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.

Officer Involved Shooting on Brundage Lane and P Street

Santana was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Both stabbing victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment of their injuries. They were listed in stable condition. Officers located a third stabbing victim in the area of the initial dispatch location on Lotus Lane and Watts Drive and learned that the suspect had carjacked that victim when leaving the area. That victim declined medical aid.

A press release from the BPD says, "Our commitment to community trust requires openness and transparency in all matters, especially the use of deadly force by a police officer. While this investigation has moved to a point where it is practical to release this information, the matter is still under review."

Detective Jeffrey Martin and officer Aaron Waddle, "remain on modified duty pending a determination by the Chief of Police as to the appropriateness of their actions under state law and department policy."