DA investigates officer-involed shooting

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

DA investigates officer-involed shootingAt press time, the Kern County District Attorney’s office was investigating an officer-involved shooting that occured shortly before the News Review went to press on Thursday.

According to reports from the Ridgecrest Police Department, which were also discussed at a press conference that followed the incident, a 9-1-1 call came in at 11:57 a.m. reporting a subject brandishing a firearm.

RPD happened to be hosting a Street Interdiction Team operation in the area, which included participation of surrounding agencies, and was thus able to quickly dispatch a unit to the 500 block of South Sunset Street, where the call originated.

Officers arrived to see the armed suspect, who reportedly continued to brandish the firearm, and fled at the sight of responders. The suspect allegedly climbed onto a nearby rooftop, and officers were able to set up a perimeter.

RPD reports that the suspect pointed his firearm at the officers, which resulted in seven of the responding officers to fire their duty weapons at the suspect.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Capt. Jed McLaughlin fielded questions from the press at a 2:30 p.m. conference. He said that most details — including the identity of the suspect, his background, and the names of the officers involved in the shooting — would not be released until the results of the D.A.’s investigation were announced.

However, he acknowledged that the suspect was not a resident of Ridgecrest.

He added that no officers, nor bystanders, were harmed during the incident.

At press time, officials were gathering statements from witnesses. Watch “The News Review” on Facebook, and next week’s edition, for additional updates.

Pictured: Officers of RPD and other law-enforcement agencies respond to an incident that ended in an officer-involved shooting. -- Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2017-06-09