Woman fatally shoots self while part of police investigation

Police investigate after a woman committed suicide during a police investigation Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at a La Quinta Inn & Suites near Merle Haggard Drive in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Ally Triolo)

A woman committed suicide Friday morning while she was part of a police investigation.

The woman turned a gun on herself while sitting inside a pickup in the parking lot at the La Quinta Inn & Suites near Merle Haggard Drive, the Bakersfield Police Department said.

The woman was contacted originally because of her association with a man who had an arrest warrant out of Massachusetts for possession of child pornography, according to the Police Department. That man, 38-year-old Christopher Goebel, was arrested in Bakersfield earlier in the morning.

Officers from the Police Department and a U.S. Marshals fugitive task force went to the hotel after Goebel's arrest to make contact with the woman, whose name hasn't been released.

Officers contacted her, searched her room and then released her. During the investigation, officers developed probable cause to arrest the woman for either drug possession, harboring Goebel or both.

After the woman was released, she went and sat in her truck. Minutes later, an officer went to the truck to ask her to come out.

While the officer was talking to her through a closed door and window, the woman pulled out the gun and shot herself, the Police Department said.

The officer didn't fire his or her gun, and the officer wasn't harmed.

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