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Bakersfield police arrest person of interest in killing of 5-year-old Kason Guyton

FILE -- Kason Guyton, a 5-year-old boy who was killed in a drive-by shooting Thursday night, Feb. 23, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif., is seen in a provided photo.

Police say they've arrested a person of interest in a child's homicide.

The arrest was made during Tuesday's gang sweep, Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said.

Last winter, 5-year-old Kason Guyton was killed in a drive-by shooting at California Avenue and S Street. His 7-year-old brother, B.J., was also shot but survived. The children were riding in a car with their mother's boyfriend at the time.

Kroeker on Wednesday wouldn't name the person of interest or specify what role that person might've played in Guyton's shooting.

Police Chief Lyle Martin said the crackdown was the culmination of a year's worth of work and a “surgical approach to addressing gang violence."

Police and law enforcement officers from other agencies served 34 search warrants at various locations throughout the city, arresting a couple dozen people associated with the West Side Crips. Those swept up in the operation are accused of an array of crimes, including murder, drug dealing and money laundering.

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