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Review board determines November officer-involved shooting was justified

Son of BPD Chief was officer involved
Posted at 5:24 PM, May 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 20:42:51-04

The Critical Incident Review Board determined all shots fired by Officer Warren Martin on November 4th, 2017 were justified, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. 

When the incident happened, Chief Lyle Martin recused himself from the review due to the fact Officer Warren Martin is his son. 

Assistant Chief Greg Terry was assigned to oversee the investigation and Assistant Chief Evan Demestihas was assigned to review the recommendation made by the Critical Incident Review Board. 

Officer Warren Martin has returned to full duty, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. 

The shooting in question took place on November 4th, after two Bakersfield Police officers conducted a traffic stop near South H Street and Planz Road. 

When the vehicle came to a stop, a man in the vehicle attempted to escape and led officers on a foot pursuit, according to BPD. 

The officer-involved shooting occurred during the foot pursuit, according to BPD. 

The victim, 20-year-old Augustus Crawford was the suspect in a shooting that took place earlier that night, according to BPD.

Bakersfield Police was also able to locate a firearm at the scene of the officer-involved shooting, according to BPD. 

That firearm was determined to be a stolen Kern County Sheriff's Office gun. 

There is no information, however, as to what exactly led to the shooting. 

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