Sheriff's office: Suicidal man injured in gunfight with deputies

DERBY ACRES, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Neighbors in the small town of Derby Acres were jolted by the sound of gunfire early Sunday morning.

"I heard the first shots at 4:30 and then more shots happened later at 5, and all this time rounds kept happening," said resident Steve Williams.

Deputies were called to the area of Highway 33 and Cloud Avenue around 12:30 a.m., according to Senior Deputy Michael Whorf. He said they responded to reports of a suicidal man, 40-year-old Steven Cordova.

Whorf said Cordova opened the front door of his house and fired several shots and continued shooting more rounds from inside the residence. Deputies evacuated people in the immediate area from their homes. A SWAT team responded while traffic on Highway 33 between Cloud Avenue and Derby Avenue was diverted.

At around 6 a.m. deputies engaged Cordova outside of his house. Whorf said Cordova was armed with an assault rifle and a handgun. Deputies fired at Cordova, striking him.

It's not known how many officers fired their weapons or how many times Cordova was hit. He was taken to Kern Medical Center, and his injuries are believed to not be life-threatening, said Whorf.

"The thing is, we have a lot of families here, and it kind of sucks, because in a way it takes a toll on everybody," said Williams.

Whorf said the standoff ended around 6:30 a.m. No deputies or additional neighbors were injured during the incident.