Suspect shot in Lowe's parking lot by DEA agent during narcotics investigation appears in court

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - (UPDATE) Jan. 16 -- 5:35 p.m.: The suspect who was shot by a DEA agent on Jan. 11 appeared in court on Tuesday.

According to court documents, agents set up a meeting with Miguel Angel Corrales to buy 20 pounds of crystal meth.

Corrales showed up a the Lowe's parking lot to meet with who he believed were buyers just before 5 p.m.

A confidential source saw a large plastic bag with several clear plastic bags of meth inside Corrales' car. The source gave agents a signal to arrest Corrales. Corrales then drove his car towards the agent and the agent fired at him, hitting Corrales in the chest.

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Bakersfield Police are handling the criminal investigation after a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent was involved in a shooting Thursday evening. 

It happened around 4:45 p.m. in the parking lot of Lowe's in the 6200 block of Colony Street near Panama Lane and Highway 99.

Bakersfield Police Sergeant Brian Kennemer said DEA agents were in the parking lot conducting a narcotics investigation, which he believes is part of a bigger task force. 

During the investigation an agent was involved in a shooting. The male suspect was taken to Kern Medical with moderate injuries and was listed in stable condition. 

The DEA released the following statement, but would not provide further details:

On January 11, 2018, at approximately 4:47 pm, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was conducting an enforcement operation in the 6200 block of Colony Street in Bakersfield, CA.

During the course of the enforcement action a DEA agent was involved in a shooting that resulted in a suspect being shot.

DEA will fully cooperate with the Bakersfield Police Department in their investigation. Additional details will be provided as information becomes available.

Special Agent Casey Rettig
Public Information Officer
San Francisco Field Division
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