BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The City of Bakersfield has released the surveillance video from a controversial officer-involved shooting at a Subway restaurant in Oildale.
The District Attorney's Office cleared the BPD officer of any criminal charges in the death of 27-year old Jason Alderman in front of the restaurant in August.
As Alderman stepped out of the restaurant after breaking through the front window to take cash out of the till, Senior Officer Chad Garrett says Alderman refused his repeated orders to drop what appeared to be a high-powered carbine rifle.
Officer Garrett fired six times. 17 News is not showing a portion of the shooting because it is too graphic.
The rifle turned out to be a black tire iron that the officer and those investigating the case said looked stunningly real.
Alderman's family has retained high-profile attorney Mark Geragos.
Minutes before the shooting, the same surveillance video shows Alderman backing his car up to the Oildale restaurant, covering his head with a towel and busting open the store's front window with the tire iron.
He rifles through the cash register, but finding it empty, turns to the tip jar.
Across the shopping center Officer Garret, on a different assignment, heard the glass breaking.
The D.A. reports Alderman had a blood alcohol level of .17 at the time, more than double the legal limit and his blood tested positive for marijuana.