Bakersfield police announce arrest of hospitalized suspect from hospital shooting

FILE -- A still image from surveillance video released by Bakersfield Heart Hospital shows a gunman who had shot out a glass door Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, to gain entry to the hospital. The suspect, Brandon Clark, was later shot by police.

A man was arrested Friday, more than a month after he fired a gun at the Bakersfield Heart Hospital.

Brandon Clark, 44, was shot by officers in the encounter Dec. 1 and has been hospitalized since then.

Police said they have now arrested him on a laundry list of alleged gun and drug crimes, but he still won't be booked into jail until he's medically cleared.

Clark can be seen on previously released hospital surveillance video shooting out a glass door to the hospital, going into the hospital while holding a rifle and later leaving the hospital from the same door.

He was met by officers outside the hospital, where he was shot.

Police on Friday released additional information on Clark's alleged activities that day:

  • Police believe Clark was under the influence of methamphetamine.
  • Clark, most recently of Big Sur, went to his mother's house in Bakersfield before he went to the hospital. He allegedly fired a shot into the unoccupied house.
  • Clark got a ride to the hospital from a stranger.
  • He fired five rounds from a .223-caliber rifle into the glass door of the hospital, police said.
  • Clark was at the hospital to speak with his mother, but police don't believe he intended to harm his mother.
  • Once inside the hospital, he allegedly pointed the gun at several people but didn't fire.

The two officers who shot Clark remain on administrative leave. Between them, they fired six shots. The officers have been identified as Felipe Juarez and James Montgomery, and this is the first time either have been involved in an on-duty shooting.

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