Deputy Shoots, Kills Man After Struggle

A struggle between a suspect car burglar and a deputy ends with the deputy shooting and killing the man.

Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said they got a report of a man trying to break into cars near Sears Park.

Deputy Mike Blue was patrolling the area and spotted a man who matched the suspects description, according to authorities. The man was later identified as Adam Hortter, 32.

According to authorities, Deputy Blue got out of his car and approached Hortter, who then tried to walk away.

When Deputy Blue tried to detain Hortter, authorities said, Hortter resisted and began to fight with the deputy.

During the struggle, Deputy Blue went to the ground on his back, as he fought with Hortter who was on top of him, said authorities.

At that time Deputy Daniel Willis arrived on scene and saw Hortter had taken the deputy's baton. According to authorities, Deputy Willis then tasered Horrter, but it had no effect.

Deputy Blue was able to get up, and that's when authorities say Hortter raise the baton at the deputy. Deputy Blue then fired several shots at Hortter, hitting him, according to authorities.

Horrter was taken to the hospital where he later died. Deputy Blue suffered minor injuries in the altercation.

Deputy Blue has been placed on paid administrative leave during the shooting review process, according to authorities.

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