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Shooting suspect dies after he was shot by BPD officers

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Officers shot a shooting suspect Thursday morning to end a standoff at a motel near Stockdale Highway and Interstate 5.

The suspect, 36-year-old Robert Paul Burdge, died a couple hours later in a Kern Medical Center operating room, according to the coroner's office.

The standoff at Vagabond Inn ended around 8:30 a.m. About 10 hours before that, Burdge allegedly shot someone on the 9800 block of Copa Cabana Court, near Calloway Drive and Snow Road in northwest Bakersfield.

Bakersfield Police Department Sgt. Joe Grubbs said Burdge was waiting at the home for another man to arrive. Burdge shot that man during a struggle over a gun in the garage, Grubbs said.

The victim managed to get into the house after he was shot and barricaded the door from the garage. Burdge then left, and the police search was under way.

Thursday morning, the California Highway Patrol spotted the suspect's vehicle around the motel just west of Bakersfield.

Burdge and a motel clerk were found in the lobby of the Vagabond Inn. The clerk got out, and SWAT officers started communicating with Burdge.

At some point, communication was lost, after which Burdge was shot by SWAT officers. Burdge's gun was recovered, Grubbs said.

Officers also found Burdge's backpack, which contained ammunition and pepper spray.

Police haven't commented on a motive, but Burdge is a former employee with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the victim is a current employee with the CDCR.

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