Officer-involved shooting on Weedpatch Hwy

Posted at 8:02 AM, Jan 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-31 21:19:51-05

CHP is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened around 4:00 a.m. Sunday near Weedpatch Hwy and Farmers Lane.

Officials say this started after a short pursuit on Weedpatch Hwy, then turned onto Farmers Lane. At the end of the road, the man exited the vehicle and brandished a weapon at the California Highway Patrol officers.

One of the officers shot at the suspect, striking him multiple times.

The suspect was transported to Kern Medical Center with major injuries. The CHP Officers were not injured.

The California Highway Patrol requested the Kern County Sheriff’s Office investigate the Officer Involved Shooting. KCSO Detectives responded and took over the investigation.

California Highway Patrol public information officer, Robert Rodriguez, says Kern County's last CHP-involved shooting was in May of 2012.

Identities of the officers and the suspect have not yet been released.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110.