BAKERSFIELD -- There are more questions than answers regarding a shootout early Monday morning that left two men dead and a Bakersfield Police officer wounded. The shootout happened just after midnight outside the Sheraton Hotel on California Avenue.
Bakersfield Police say the officers pulled the two men over in the hotel's parking lot on a traffic stop, and that's when the shooting started.
When the smoke cleared, 34-year-old Jorge Ramirez and 32-year-old Justin Bryan Harger were dead and one officer was wounded in the head. Beyond that, police are not saying much.
Ramirez's son says he is upset with the BPD for shooting his father and wants to know why the department hasn't contacted his family.
"It just does not sound right to me, the whole story, how they had to kill my dad when he did not have a weapon or anything like that," Anthony Ramirez said.
People who live near the Sheraton Hotel heard the gun battle go down.
"I'm telling you it sounded like the O.K. Corral,” said Joella Yon. “Just bam, bam, bam, bam of gunshots.”
17 news has learned Justin Harger has at least ten convictions in the past twelve years for drug possession, battery, and weapons charges. Police say a handgun belonging to one of the suspects was recovered at the scene. The officers involved have not yet been identified.
Ramirez's family says funeral arrangements have not been made yet and as of now they have not hired an attorney. The officer suffered a minor head wound and was treated and released from the hospital.