Shooting leads to six-hour standoff

Shooting leads to six-hour standoffPolice were dispatched Friday at about 10:15 p.m. to an address in the 300 block of North Robalo Sreet regarding an alleged gunshot victim. Upon arrival, officers discovered DeShawn Green, 38, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Green was transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, then airlifted to Kern Regional Medical Center in Bakersfield. His condition was listed and has remained critical but stable since then.

Sgt. Justin Dampier of the Ridgecrest Police Department said an investigation led police to an apartment in the 500 block of East Ridgecrest Boulevard, and a search warrant for that residence was issued. Ridgcrest police officers attempted to execute that warrant at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

When officers received no response, the Kern County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team from Bakersfield was called in. Believing that weapons and children were involved, police evacuated nearby residents, then used a PA speaker to order Stacey Campbell, 23, and Jason Bostick, 32, out of the apartment. Ridgecrest Boulevard between Sunland and American streets was also closed during the ordeal and was not reopened until 6 p.m.

Several hours after the standoff began, Bostick, who was not in the apartment at the time, contacted police and turned himself in. He was allowed to call Campbell and convince her to come out. Campbell complied and surrendered herself with her two children at about 3:30 p.m., Dampier said. Both were arrested without incident. Once the apartment was cleared and safe to enter, police conducted a search of the residence.

As a result, Bostick faces four felony counts including firearms possession by a felon, possession of ammunition by a felon, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale. Dampier said Campbell also faces charges for obstructing police officers, the controlled substance found inside and child endangerment.

According to the KCSO inmate website Campbell has been released; however, Bostick remains in custody with bail set at $545,000. Dampier said the shooting is under investigation, so he is unable to comment  on whether Bostick is a suspect in the shooting.

Dampier said the RPD was assisted by the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, Liberty Ambulance, Kern County Fire Department, Police and Community Together and Community Emergency Response Team.

Story First Published: 2012-09-26