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Two Bakersfield officers wounded, suspect dead following shootout

Police are on scene Wednesday night, Aug. 30, 2017, after an officer-involved shooting in south Bakersfield, Calif., left a suspect dead and two officers wounded. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Police said two officers were shot but are expected to survive in an exchange of gunfire Wednesday night with a man in south Bakersfield.

The suspect died at the scene. His family identified him as 22-year-old Isaac Cervantes.

Officers Matthew Johnson and Joshua Deutinger were dispatched to the 600 block of Pacheco Road on a disturbance call that included a man with a gun.


The Bakersfield Police Department said the officers made contact with the man, and an officer-involved shooting was reported a short time after that.

Family of the woman who called 911 said Cervantes was related. The family said at the time of the shooting there was also a teenage boy and a young girl inside the home.

Police said a gun was recovered.


Johnson and Deutinger were taken to a hospital and will be placed on routine administrative leave as their use of force is reviewed by the department.

Officer Johnson has been a police officer with the Bakersfield Police Department since October of 2014, and Officer Deutinger since January of 2013.

Details surrounding the shooting are still unclear. At this point, we do not know how many shots were fired, who shot who, who shot first, and why the situation escalated to violence.

Police asked anyone who has information helpful to the investigators to call Detective Fred Torres at (661) 326-3273.


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