Officer-involved shooting at Stiern Park

- BAKERSFIELD, CA - Two Bakersfield police officers shot and killed a man this evening in a south Bakersfield park.

Officers responded to reports of a man shooting a gun at Stiern Park just before 6 p.m. Tuesday. Police say just one minute after they arrived, officers reported they were involved in a shooting and requested medical aid.

Police tape surrounded the park as a man who was shot by officers laid lifeless about 50 feet from onlookers.

Jose Medina said, "He's exposed and all the kids could see him."

His body was visible for more than an hour as a crowd gathered to see what was going on in the neighborhood.

Veronica Herrera said, "My mom she just looked out the window and she's like there's somebody on the ground and I also looked and I was like what? And then we saw all the cops."

Ten-year-old Daniel Hernandez was with his brother and father at the park when he says he saw the man holding a gun.

Hernandez said, "He went inside his car and got the gun and that's when I started running."

Police say they recovered a handgun at the scene but wouldn't release details of what led up to the shooting, although at least one person said the man fired at a passing car.

Bakersfield Police Sergeant Joe Grubbs said, "We are conducting an investigation into exactly what took place."

Over the last few years community groups have made an effort to improve safety at the park, with walking groups and exercise meetings in the area.

Herrera said, "we come to this park a lot. We bring the kids. We come and do exercise. We run. We walk."

This incident left neighbors feeling uneasy.

By our count this is the tenth deadly officer involved shooting in Kern County so far this year.

The two officers involved are on routine paid administrative leave.

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