Kern County District Attorney's Office finds no fault in shooting by officer
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
The Kern County District Attorney's Office announced on Monday that it found no fault with a Bakersfield police officer in a deadly shooting at a Subway restaurant.
The police department several months back already cleared the officer of any wrongdoing.
Jason Lee Alderman, 29, was killed by officer gunfire in early August at a Subway restaurant at Olive Drive and Roberts Lane.
Senior Officer Chad Garrett thought a car jack held by Alderman was a gun, according to the district attorney's office.
"The facts and the law indicate Officer Garrett's actions were objectively reasonable and therefore justified," the district attorney's office wrote in a news release.
The night of the shooting, a two-officer patrol unit was in the area on an unrelated investigation. Officers heard breaking glass, according to the department. The front door to the Subway was shattered, and a car was backed up to the restaurant.
Alderman was seen standing behind the counter with a covering over his face and head, according to police.
The officers got out of their car and approached the Subway. Alderman walked toward the front door and was holding the car jack, which was mistaken for a gun.
The Alderman family has retained the services of Los Angeles law firm Geragos & Geragos.