Arvin police officers shoot, kill suspect during call

FILE - Richard Posadas is seen in a photo provided by the Arvin Police Department Feb. 26, 2018, when he was a suspect in a stabbing. Posadas was fatally shot by officers during a different encounter in December 2018.

Two Arvin police officers shot and killed a suspect early Wednesday morning while responding to a spousal abuse call, the department said.

The officers arrived around 1 a.m. at the 900 block of Wernli Court and found the man holding an object described by police as "some type of stabbing object."

Officers believed the object was a knife and asked the to put it down. The man reportedly didn't comply and began to move towards the officers.

One of the officers used their "energy devices with no effect," according to police. Both officers then drew their guns and fired several times, striking the man.

Medical aid was called to the scene, but police said the man's life couldn't be saved.

The coroner's office has identified the suspect as 26-year-old Richard Posadas. The officers' names haven't been released.

The Kern County District Attorney's Office says it's investigating the shooting.

Eyewitness News has a photo of Posadas from last winter, when he was arrested as a stabbing suspect.

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