2 officers refuse to give statements in shooting investigation
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Police Chief Greg Williamson revealed new information on the investigation into the officer-involved shooting that killed Justin Harger and Jorge Ramirez on Sept. 16 outside the Four Points Sheraton Hotel.
Williamson said two of the officers are choosing to not give statements in the criminal investigation. He said that has caused some difficulties in the case.
"During the criminal investigation officers are given Miranda rights and asked to give a statement," said Williamson. "Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't."
In this case, two of the five officers did not give statements.
"They have the right to give a statement, or the right to remain silent," said Williamson. "This case, we've had a couple officers decide to not give statements, which has caused us to prolong this investigation."
The five officers involved were Daniel Brewer, Rick Wimbish, Ryan Vaughan, Jess Beagley and Chad Garret. Williamson did not say which officers chose not to give statements.
In addition to the criminal investigation, the Bakersfield Police Department Internal Affairs Division also conducts an administrative investigation. Williamson said that will be done within three weeks.
"I know the public is anxious to know how that investigation unfolded," the chief said.
Williamson revealed this week that Ramirez was working as a police informant the night of the shooting.
According to The Bakersfield Californian newspaper, the Ramirez family has retained Los Angeles attorney Mark Geragos to represent them.