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BPD officers find gun after shooting, killing suspect

Son of BPD Chief Lyle Martin identified as officer
Posted at 11:21 PM, Nov 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 19:58:41-05

UPDATE (Nov. 6 4:32 p.m.): Bakersfield Police said the victim in the officer-involved shooting on Saturday was a suspect in a shooting from that night. 

BPD also said the firearm that was found at the shooting scene was determined to be a stolen KCSO firearm. 

RELATED: Victim in officer-involved shooting was a shooting suspect, missing KCSO gun found on scene


UPDATE: (4:39 p.m.): The officer involved in the shooting has been identified as Warren Martin, the son of Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin.

BPD says Chief Martin is aware of the shooting and has recused himself from the investigation and the review process. Chief Martin has assigned Assistant Chief Greg Terry to oversee the investigation.

Officer Warren Martin has been employed at BPD for one year. Before BPD, he worked for the California State University-Bakersfield Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff's Office.


UPDATE (3:28 p.m.): Family has identified that the man who was killed as 20-year-old Augustus Joshua Crawford.


UPDATE (4:52 a.m.): Bakersfield Police sent the following press release regarding the officer-involved shooting in south Bakersfield Saturday night. 

"On November 4, 2017 at 10:47 p.m., two Bakersfield Police Officers operating a two- officer patrol unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at South H Street and Planz Road. As the vehicle stopped in the 1800 block of Planz Road an adult male passenger fled from the vehicle and led the officers on a foot pursuit. During the foot pursuit an officer involved shooting occurred. Medical aid was immediately requested and the suspect was transported to a local hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. During a search, a firearm was located in the area of where the officer involved shooting occurred.

The investigation is ongoing and the name of the decedent will be released by the Kern County Coroner’s Office.

The officer that fired his weapon will be placed on routine administrative leave pending review by the critical incident review board.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Detective Brian West (661) 326-3813, or the Bakersfield Police Department (661) 327-7111."

UPDATE: (1:00 a.m.) Bakersfield Police confirm one man is dead after an officer involved shooting in South Bakersfield Saturday night. Police say after conducting a traffic stop on Planz Road and South H. Street, a man exited his car and took off on foot. Police say after a short chase an officer-involved shooting occurred. 

Check back for more details. 


Around 10:30 Saturday night, an officer from the Bakersfield Police Department was involved in a shooting in the area of Planz Road and South H Street.

At least one other person was involved, and their condition is unknown at this time.

Bakersfield Police confirm that the officer was not hurt in the incident.

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