The gunman who was shot dead by an out-of-service deputy sheriff is alleged to have been involved in a robbery at the site, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
The man, who has not been identified, was killed outside the Tony Firehouse Grill and Pizza on Highway 178. A pistol was found at the scene, the Central Bureau of Statistics said.
Bakersfield police responded to the restaurant after the shooting.
Officials said the sheriff’s office took over the investigation from the Bakersfield Police Department because it involved KCSO personnel.
The MP was placed on paid administrative leave.
KCSO said the MP and diners were not injured.