Police shoot suspect in southwest Bakersfield

An attempted traffic stop quickly escalated to gunfire in a neighborhood near West High School. The Bakersfield Police Department said 29-year-old Miguel Villanueva told officers he wanted to go down in a blaze of glory.

BAKERSFIELD, CA-- An attempted traffic stop quickly escalated to gunfire in a neighborhood near West High School. The Bakersfield Police Department said 29-year-old Miguel Villanueva told officers he wanted to go down in a blaze of glory. Villanueva was shot multiple times by officers after a standoff that lasted four hours.

Around 3:00 p.m. Villanueva was riding in a stolen vehicle when he was approached by California Highway Patrol officers. They say Villanueva took off running and hid in an open garage near McDonald way. He fired shots at the CHP officers who called BPD for assistance.

"Once officers got here he also engaged our officers with a firearm,” said Sgt. Joe Grubbs, BPD.

Police tried use tear gas to flush Villanueva out of the garage, but it didn't work.

Nancy Tipton who lives nearby was worried because she had a kidney transplant and needed her medication by 9:00 p.m.

"It can mess my creatinine levels for the kidney and it's a kidney that my sister gave me in 1996," Tipton said.

Around 7:00 p.m., four hours after the standoff began, police decided to use force to subdue Villanueva.

"Officers engaged the suspect in another shootout and he sustained injuries, he was shot and transported to an area hospital where he is listed in stable condition,” Grubbs said.

Police said Villanueva is on parole.

"He is on post-community release,” Grubbs said. “Better known in a lot of circles as AB 109."

Police said Villanueva will be charged with of attempted murder of a police officer and other charges. No officers or residents were injured in the arrest.
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