Dispatch audio: 'Shots fired, shots fired, subject down'
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) New dispatch audio has been released from last Friday's police pursuit and shooting in Ridgecrest.
The pursuit began after 39-year-old Sergio Munoz went on a shooting spree that killed Brittany Matheny and sent Thaddeus Meier to the hospital.
Dispatch audio released Thursday captures the drama just after 7 a.m. that day.
Police attempted to stop Munoz on highway 395 and he led them on a pursuit.
"Subject reaching into backseat ..."
"Subject still reaching for something ..."
"Subject just threw something out, possibly a syringe ..."
"Just threw out a shotgun shell ..."
Munoz pulled to the side of the road and the trunk came open.
"Two people in the trunk ... trunk just opened up ... a female ..."
Police spotted a man and a woman in the trunk. One of them closed the trunk, and Munoz kept driving.
"Suspect has a shotgun out the window ..."
Munoz began driving into oncoming traffic. He opened fire on police, firing at drivers, and into the trunk of his car.
"Subject just fired a shot out the window at me ..."
"Shotgun out of the window ..."
"Just fired at a car sitting on the side of the road ..."
"Shooting at civilians ... driver got out as shot was fired at it ..."
Officers knew they had to act fast. Munoz's behavior was unpredictable.
"If he gets up to where all these vehicles are stopped and he starts shooting, we're going to have to take him out."
Just after 8 a.m., Munoz stopped just north of highway 58. He continued firing into the trunk with the man and woman still inside.
"I don't know if the suspect is firing into the trunk from the driver's seat .. I don't know."
That's when officers took their chance.
"Shots fired, shots fired, subject down ... shots fired, subject down ..."
Kern County deputies shot Munoz several times. Munoz died at the scene.
The officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave pending investigation.