One arrest after celebratory shots fired in East Bakersfield


A man was arrested early Sunday morning after Bakersfield Police responded to a report of a Shot Spotter activation in East Bakersfield at 1:58 a.m.


Officers located nine spent .40 caliber casings in the front yard of a residence.


Officials said the homeowner, Juan Mendoza, admitted to discharging the firearm to the ground.


Police arrested Mendoza for negligent discharge of a firearm and the firearm used was seized.


Witnesses told police that the gunfire had been celebratory. No victims were found in the area.

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