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Officer-involved shooting in central Bakersfield Friday morning

Officer-involved shooting on Stephens Drive
Posted at 11:41 AM, Aug 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-13 19:42:49-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — One man was killed in a shooting involving three Bakersfield Police officers Friday morning.

The incident started around 8:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Stephens Drive near Brundage Lane, when someone called 911 saying a man and woman were yelling at an apartment complex. The caller said they thought the man was possibly under the influence of drugs.

Police said they got several other similar calls.

But, Sgt. Robert Pair of the Bakersfield Police Department said when they investigated, they didn't find anything.

Then, about 15 minutes later, they went back to the area for another peace disturbance call. After failed attempts at trying to communicate with anyone, that's when officers requested the Mental Health Evaluation Team and an ambulance.

Due to sounds of distress coming from the apartment, officers forced entry into the apartment, and that's when a shooting took place involving three officers, according to BPD.

A woman was found inside the apartment with non-life threatening stab wounds and taken to a hospital. The man died at the scene from the shooting, BPD said. No one else was injured.

Multiple knives were recovered from the man, police said.

Officers were wearing body-worn cameras during the incident, according to police, and more details will be forthcoming as the investigation develops.

Anyone with information is asked to call BPD at (661) 327-7111.