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Officer involved in south Bakersfield shooting identified as police chief's son

Police are on scene of an officer-involved shooting Saturday night, Nov. 4, 2017, at Planz Road and South H Street in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The Police Department has identified the officer who shot a suspect in south Bakersfield as Officer Warren Martin, who is Chief Lyle Martin's son.

Chief Martin has elected to recuse himself from the investigation. Assistant Chief Greg Terry has been assigned to oversee the investigation, and Officer Martin has been placed on administrative leave.

Saturday night, a man was fatally shot by police following a traffic stop at South H Street and Planz Road. The suspect, who was a passenger, was shot after leaving the car and taking off on foot.

The Kern County coroner's office on Monday identified the man as 20-year-old Augustus Joshua Crawford.

Police haven't described what prompted Officer Martin to shoot the suspect.

A gun was recovered in the area of the officer-involved shooting.

Anyone who can provide information helpful to the investigation is asked to call Detective Brian West at (661) 326-3813.

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