Deadly officer-involved shooting ruled justified

Deadly officer-involved shooting ruled justified

A review board found Officer Keith Cason acted within state and department policy.
New details have been released in a deadly officer-involved shooting on Niles Street in October.

On Wednesday, the Bakersfield Police Department's critical incident review board concluded Officer Keith Cason acted within state and department policy when he fatally shot Jonathan Lopez.

But, Lopez's family says it was murder.

The family says their son was shot ten times. But, police say it was only three.

The family says it's not surprised the police called the shooting justified.

"They are going to do that. They know for a fact that the officer committed murder, an execution. He's done it twice before. He shot someone five times with a cell phone in his hands," said Bernie Lopez, Jonathan's father.

Police say Jonathan Lopez shot at Officer Cason first then ran.

It was a large crime scene that included several city blocks near Pacific and Miller Streets. Police say the foot chase wound through the city streets and alleys until it ended behind Niles Street where Officer Cason shot Lopez.

"It appears two times and maybe one graze according to the autopsy. We believe he (Cason) shot his service weapon 14 times, but we do have an eyewitness that definitely saw the suspect shoot at Officer Cason," said Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson. 

Officer Cason will be back on duty Thursday, according to Chief Williamson.

The family says they have hired an attorney and will pursue a civil suit against the city.
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