The man killed in an officer-involved shooting on Friday in Bakersfield that caused Highway 99 to close for hours was from Fresno.
Felipe Perez Casa, 41, of Fresno died Friday just afternoon on State Route 99 north of Merle Haggard Drive, according to Kern County coroner.
KGET17, a sister station to KSEE24 and CBS47, reported that the officer who shot is a 22-year veteran with California Highway Patrol.
BAKERSFIELD, California (KGET) – The deadly shooting started with a car crash between Saco and Petrol Roads around noon Friday.
According to CHP, an unidentified man in a white truck crashed north of Merle Haggard Drive.
“They went off the roadway, struck a barbwire fence and continued across the frontage road where it struck a pole,” explained CHP officer Sally Barker.
KGET17 viewer Lizzy sent a photo of the truck into a pole shortly after the incident.
Officers say the driver managed to get out, then ran through lanes of traffic — crossing the median from 99 North to 99 South.
A dispatcher on the scanner could be heard saying, “shots fired. I have an uncooperative subject bleeding from the face.”
The man made it about a third of a mile until a CHP officer fired — killing him.
“When the first CHP officer arrived on scene, he did observe the person in the lanes, and he attempted to make contact. Shortly after that is when the officer-involved shooting occurred,” Barker said.
While law enforcement is still investigating exactly what happened, the CHP traffic website said the man was seen with a knife in his hand.
The incident caused both sides of Highway 99 to be shut down between Lerdo and Highway 65.
Traffic also came to a standstill in many parts of North Bakersfield–drivers gridlocked for nearly six hours before the highway was open again.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is ongoing.
If you know anything about this case, call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110.
This is the second OIS in one week, and the seventh in 2018. The one earlier in the week happened Monday at an apartment complex involving Bakersfield Police Department.