BPD: Shooting suspect who was shot, killed by officer had a gun stolen from KCSO
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
A gun recovered after an officer-involved shooting Saturday night had been stolen last month from an unmarked Kern County Sheriff's Office car, according to Bakersfield Police Sgt. Ryan Kroeker.
Police also said the man who was killed by the officer's gunfire was a suspect in a shooting that occurred earlier Saturday night.
Augustus Crawford, 20, is believed to have shot a man several times around 8 p.m. in the 700 block of R Street. Police are not sure yet what gun was used in the R Street shooting, as none were recovered from the scene.
A couple hours later, officers located Crawford riding in a car in the area of South H Street and Planz Road. The officers conducted a traffic stop, and Crawford then took off on foot.
It was during the foot chase that police say Officer Warren Martin fatally shot Crawford. Police haven't said what specific actions led to Officer Martin's decision to shoot Crawford.
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A search of the county's criminal records shows Crawford has done jail time in connection with drug and gun charges as recently as last year.
Officer Martin is a son of Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin. The police chief will recuse himself from the investigation.
Anyone who can provide information helpful to the investigation is asked to call Detective Brian West at (661) 326-3813.