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Monday, Nov 19 2012 03:43 PM

Names of deputies released in connection with fatal shooting of gunman


The Kern County Sheriff's Department identified Monday the deputies involved in the fatal shooting of a Lamont man who fired at them last week.

The following deputies have been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation: Sgt. Dustin Downey, Senior Deputies Raul Murillo and Michael Booker, and Deputies Conrado Curiel, Patrick McNeal, Christian Melero, Derrick Penney, Gabriel Romo and Darren Wonderly. Deputies said the investigation is ongoing and multiple crime scenes and large amounts of evidence have to be examined.

Andres Aguilar, the gunman who Thursday shot at deputies several times, was hit by several rounds when deputies returned fire, according to deputies. Aguilar was killed, but it was unclear if the deputies' rounds killed him or if he took his own life.

Deputies said three deputies were struck by bullet fragmentation in the gunfight, and one deputy suffered minor injuries that didn't require medical attention other than first aid at the scene. A search of Aguilar's trailer turned up a .30 caliber revolver.

- The Californian

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