Suspect, K-9 killed in gunbattle with Bakersfield police

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A vehicle theft suspect fatally shot a K-9 dog in southeast Bakersfield and then was killed by return fire from officers, police said.

The shooting occurred when officers attempted to stop a reported stolen vehicle on Highway 58, the Bakersfield Police Department said in a statement.

The vehicle went off the road, up an embankment, through a chain-link fence and became disabled.

The driver fled on foot but, with the help of a Kern County sheriff’s helicopter, was spotted at the rear of a residence.

“As a police K-9 Handler and his K-9 partner approached the suspect, the suspect opened fire, striking the K-9. Two officers returned fire, striking the suspect,” the statement said.

The suspect was given medical aid but died at the scene.

The police dog was declared dead at an emergency veterinary hospital.

The department said a firearm was recovered from the suspect, whose name was not immediately released.

Police noted that the two officers who fired their weapons were equipped with body-worn cameras.

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