The Bakersfield Police Department stated on Sunday that a man shot by a police officer late on Saturday night in the 900 block of White Lane later passed away in a hospital.
Around 10:21 p.m., officers responded to a report of a man “behaving erratically” while brandishing a knife in a parking lot in the 1500 block of White Lane, according to a news release from BPD.
Officers discovered the man with what they believed to be a knife at 10:52 p.m. On White Lane, the man fled eastward.
The press release stated that when a second responding officer contacted the suspect in the 900 block of White Lane, he fired his gun at the suspect, who was hit.
According to BPD, a screwdriver was discovered at the shooting location.
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After being transported to a hospital, the man was pronounced deceased. According to BPD, no officers were wounded.
According to BPD, the officers wore body-worn cameras, and the video will eventually be available to the public.
As is customary following a shooting, the anonymous officer who shot the victim was placed on paid administrative leave.
Anybody with information is urged to contact BPD at 661-327-7111.
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