Deputies fire on man found dead to end Oildale standoff

Update (May 1, 2013): The Kern County Sheriff's Office Incident Review Board convened to consider the use of force by the deputies in this case and determined the shooting was conducted within sheriff's office policy.

The original story is below.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A man is dead after an hours-long standoff in Oildale.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office received a report of a man with a handgun walking outside in the 300 block of Belle Avenue in Oildale.

The suspect, later identified as 51-year-old Darren Neal Raines, was inside a home on the block by the time deputies arrived.

Deputies established a perimeter around the home and tried contacting Raines, who could be heard yelling but wasn't cooperative, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office learned Raines was possibly armed with a rifle, intoxicated and suicidal, the department said Friday. Raines reportedly had been involved in some type of disturbance with his girlfriend shortly before the standoff began.

SWAT officers were called, but Raines emerged from the house with the gun in hand and deputies fired on him before the SWAT team arrived, the sheriff's office said.

Raines retreated back into the house and was unresponsive. The SWAT team finally entered the home around 10:40 p.m. and found Raines dead.

The deputies involved in the shooting were placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. They were identified Friday as: Sgt. Doug Sword, Deputy Joshua Geissel, Deputy Braydon Ferguson, Deputy Justin Sawaske, Deputy Cody Johnson and Deputy Phillip Banks.