Kern County Homicide Tracker

There have been 25 homicides in Kern County so far in 2017.
There were 98 homicides in Kern County in 2016.

275%

African-Americans were 2.75 times more likely to be homicide victims.

4%

of all homicides in 2016 were officer-involved shootings

15%

of all homicides in 2015 were officer-involved shootings.

67%

of all homicides in 2016 remain unsolved.

60%

of all homicides in 2015 remain unsolved.
(excluding OIS)

 
The coroner rules a death to be a homicide when the death is "at the hands of another."
The term "homicide" includes deaths from murder and justifiable self-defense.
The term "homicide" does not include accidents or vehicle deaths.

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Kern County Homicides

Since 2000, there has been an average of 73.1 homicides per year in Kern County.

Kern's record for homicides is 98 in 2009 and 2016.

Homicide by race, 2016

  • 47% Hispanic
  • 22% White
  • 22% Black
  • 7% Unknown
  • 1% American Indian
  • 1% East Indian

Victim cause of death, 2016

  • 58% Gunshot wound
  • 11% Stab wound
  • 8% Blunt force trauma
  • 8% Asphyxia
  • 8% Undisclosed
  • 4% Officer-involved shooting
  • 2% Miscarriage
  • 1% Hypertrophic heart disease with other significant condition of blunt force trauma

Sex, 2016

  • 85% Men
  • 11% Women
  • 4% Undisclosed

Areas, 2016

52% (43) homicides were in Bakersfield
48% (38) homicides were outside Bakersfield:

  • 51% Unincorporated areas of Kern County
  • 33% Bakersfield
  • 7% Delano
  • 3% Kern Valley State Prison
  • 2% Arvin
  • 1% California Correctional Institution
  • 1% Undisclosed

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If you have information on a homicide case:

Kern County Sheriff's Office
661-861-3110
Bakersfield Police Department
661-327-7111
Delano Police Department
661-721-3377
Arvin Police Department
661-854-5583
Secret Witness Hotline
661-322-4040
Homicide Tracker Staff
661-283-1717

This page is dedicated to Steve E. Swenson, Kern’s original homicide tracker.

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