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Man shot, killed in exchange of gunfire with Bakersfield police

Police are on scene after an officer-involved shooting in the area of Jastro Avenue and Feliz Drive in southeast Bakersfield, Calif., early Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

A man was killed early Thursday morning in a gunfight with Bakersfield officers.

The coroner's office identified the suspect as 37-year-old Francisco Villarreal.

The Bakersfield Police Department said officers tried to conduct a traffic stop for an improper turn on the 3900 block of Stockdale Highway, but the driver wouldn't stop, and a pursuit ensued.

When the suspects' car stopped on the 900 block of Feliz Drive, two men got out of the backseat. Two females in the front seats stayed in the car, according to the Police Department.

One of the men was quickly taken into custody, though he's accused of trying to assault an officer.

Villarreal led officers on a foot chase, shooting at officers several times, according to the Police Department. Officers shot Villarreal, who died at the scene.

No officers were injured. Villarreal's gun was recovered.


The driver, 36-year-old Marisol Lopez, was arrested on suspicion of making an unsafe lane change, driving on a suspended license and evading an officer, among other possible charges. The other man, 43-year-old Nick Valenzuela, was arrested on suspicion of battery on a peace officer and for an outstanding warrant on probation violation.

The female passenger was released.

Five officers were involved in the shooting. They have been placed on routine administrative leave pending a review of the use of force.

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