Bakersfield police: Officer exchanges gunfire with suspect shooting blanks

Police are on scene after an officer fired his gun during a chase late Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the area of Bishop Drive in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

UPDATE: Police on Monday, May 22, 2017, identified the officer involved in this shooting as Jonathan Berumen. He's been with the department since 2013, and this is his first officer-involved shooting.

The original story, published May 19, is below.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- An officer fired his gun during a chase with a suspect Thursday night, but the suspect wasn't hit.

Police Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said the officer had responded around 10:30 to the 2500 block of Bishop Drive for a possible domestic dispute. After the officer arrived, a foot chase took place, and gunfire was exchanged.

The suspect, 19-year-old Jesus Bello, climbed atop a roof before he was caught.

Bello was in possession of a "blank" gun, which appears and sounds just like a real gun but doesn't actually fire bullets.

Bello claims that he was drunk at the time of the incident.

Bello allegedly pointed the gun at the officer and shot during the chase. Kroeker said the imitation gun does expend shell casings, and those were found at the scene as evidence that Bello fired the gun.

Police said Bello suffered a minor finger injury unrelated to the shooting and was arrested on suspicion of brandishing an imitation firearm, resisting arrest and participating in a street gang.

The officer's name wasn't released. He was placed on routine administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

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