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Man shot, killed in Delano officer-involved shooting identified by coroner

Posted at 3:03 PM, Dec 31, 2017
and last updated 2018-01-04 12:05:06-05

UPDATE (January 04, 2018 9:03 a.m.): The man shot and killed by Delano police has been identified by the coroner's office as 32-year-old Ernie Macias. 

Macias was a resident of Earlimart, according to the coroner's release. 

Macias was shot and killed in the 2200 block of Norwalk Street in Delano. A postmortem exam will be done at a later time to determine Macias' cause and manner of death. 

The officer-involved shooting happened on Sunday, Dec. 31st just before 9 a.m. 


UPDATE (Jan. 3 - 7:00 a.m.) The man arrested during this incident, 41-year-old Peter Munoz Garnica is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 3.

He will be facing charges of attempted murder, assault with a firearm on a peace officer, criminal street gang member carrying a loaded firearm, obstructing/resisting a peace officer, and participating in a street gang.


One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting unfolded in Delano on Sunday morning.

Delano Police say it happened at about 8:50 a.m., when two officers with the Delano Police Department responded to a suspicious vehicle parked in an alleyway in the 2100 block of Norwalk Street.

As officers approached the vehicle on foot, the suspect vehicle began accelerating toward one of the officers. Police say the officer feared for his life and fired his firearm, striking the driver. The driver died from his injuries.

The passenger inside the suspect vehicle fled into a nearby home; after about an hour of negotiations, the man came out and was taken into custody.

The two officers involved are being placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation by the Delano Police Department and the Kern County District Attorney's Office.