Man dead in police-involved shooting in south Bakersfield

Police cars block off Hudson Drive in south Bakersfield, Calif., after an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night, April 4, 2017. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Matt Boone)

A man was killed Tuesday night in an officer-involved shooting in south Bakersfield.

Earlier in the day, two businesses -- a grocery and a recycling center -- were robbed. Police said they gathered information leading them to believe the same people, armed with guns, were responsible.

Just after 9 p.m., officers found what they thought to be the robbery suspects inside a Jeep SUV in the area of Taft Highway and South Union Avenue. Police said they tried to conduct a traffic stop on the SUV, but the suspects led them on a short chase.

The pursuit ended with the suspects crashing into a tree on nearby Hudson Drive.

Three people were in the SUV. The driver and one passenger tried escaping on foot after the crash, and an officer shot the driver. Police didn't say whether that suspect had a weapon.

The coroner's office identified him as 47-year-old Rogelio Vidal Landa, of Buttonwillow.

The passenger who took off running was found nearby and arrested after "minor physical force was used," police said. He was later identified by police as 30-year-old Andrew Crotwell.

The other passenger was arrested without incident, police said. She was identified as 44-year-old Anita Carvajal.

Police said a gun was found when they searched the SUV.

The officer who shot his gun will be placed on routine administrative leave during an investigation. Police didn't release that officer's name.

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