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New court documents shed light on business owner involved in car chase

Posted at 5:55 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 20:55:55-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Newly released court documents are shedding light on the case where police say a business owner shot a man he thought was trying to burglarize him a few weeks ago.

Police say in the early morning of July 30th, the owner of Power Performance Air Conditioning off of the 1400 Easton drive called 911, reporting he saw two suspicious people outside of his business through his surveillance video.

The business owner said he then went down to his business and tried to get the drivers attention, but the driver instead backed into him while he was standing outside the vehicle.

The owner said that's when the driver took off in a maroon PT Cruiser and the business owner began chasing him in his car.

After a chase down the bike path, off of Truxton and Mohawk, a maroon PT Cruiser ended in the Kern River.

Police say the owner shot the driver and a passenger in the PT Cruiser ran off. The owner has not been charged in the case and the two people in the PT Cruiser have not been arrested.

According to a search warrant obtained by 23ABC, the business owner saw property that he recognized in the PT Cruiser and said he thought it might have been possible stolen items from a previous burglary to his business.

BPD confirms Power Performance Air Conditioning, had been burglarized twice.

Also, the owner told police he believed the individuals he saw may have been attempting to burglarize him again. BPD has not said whether those are the same individuals.

23ABC reached to the business owner for comment but he declined to go on camera.

The District Attorney's office, also said on Friday, that they have not received any word on recommended charges regarding this case.