Two Bakersfield police officers shot; suspect dead following shooting in South Bakersfield

Officers are in stable condition

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Two Bakersfield police officers are in stable condition and a male suspect is dead following a shooting in South Bakersfield.

Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin identified the two officers as Matthew Johnson and Joshua Deutinger at a press conference just after midnight Thursday. The suspect was killed at the scene. 

The two officers initially responded to a disturbance call just after 9:15 Wednesday night in the 600 block of Pacheco Road. Initially, the caller did not believe the suspect had a gun. Officers arrived at the home at 9:32 p.m. and confronted the suspect inside the residence resulting in shots being fired, killing the suspect.

The two officers were transported to Kern Medical.

Investigators later found a firearm near the deceased suspect.

Bakersfield Police Department Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said the two officers were shot in the upper torso. However, 17 News has learned that one officer was shot in the neck and another was shot in the arm. 

Investigators remain on scene and continue to investigate into the early morning hours. 

Earlier Wednesday morning, a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy was shot and killed during an auto theft investigation. Chief Martin said he had signed a memorandum authorizing Bakersfield police officers to wear black bands in honor of Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Robert French, a 21-year veteran of the force.


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