Police arrest suspect afer shots fired

Police arrest suspect afer shots firedBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested a suspect after responding to a report of shots fired on Thursday, May 7. After numerous 911 calls, officers responded to the 200 block of East La Mirage Lane where they arrested James Bradley, 33, suspected of attempted murder, resisting arrest and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

According to an RPD press release, a neighbor reported that Bradley was “acting erratic” in front of an apartment on La Mirage. The neighbor went to check on him and Bradley reportedly tried to assault the neighbor.

Bradley then reportedly ran into the apartment, retrieved a firearm and fired shots out of the apartment in the direction of the neighbor. Bradley’s girlfriend and her two children were reportedly inside the apartment at the time.

Officers then received a 911 call of a domestic dispute, followed by a second call from the girlfriend and a third from the original party. When officers arrived, Bradley was again standing outside in front of the apartment. Neighbors identified Bradley as the suspect and said he was armed.

As officers approached him, Bradley ran back into the apartment and officers reported that they heard a female screaming inside.

They entered the apartment and attempted to arrest Bradley where an “extended fight” ensued. According to officers, Bradley exhibited signs of being under the influence of PCP (phencyclidine).

Officers recovered the suspected loaded firearm, which was determined to be stolen, along with ammunition and suspected PCP. As a parolee, Bradley is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

He was arrested and booked in the Bakersfield Central Receiving Facility on $1.5-million bail. His charges include attempted murder, reckless discharge of a firearm, willful cruelty to a child, armed assault, resisting arrest and felony possession of a firearm and ammunition. His felony arraignment is scheduled for May 19 in Bakersfield.

Story First Published: 2020-05-15