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Saturday, Aug 16 2014 11:29 AM

Deputies who shot, killed woman Aug. 3 were following policy

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The three deputies who shot and killed a Bakersfield woman Aug. 3 were found to be within the bounds of their authority.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office's Incident Review Board met Friday to consider the use of force by Senior Deputy David Stephens, Deputy Dwayne Perkins and Deputy Rodney Jones, according to a sheriff's news release.

The board includes Kern County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Brian Wheeler, Chief Deputy Shelly Castaneda and Chief Deputy Kevin Zimmermann.

They determined the deputies were following policy when they fatally shot 42-year-old Maria Rodriguez after she pointed what turned out to be a replica handgun at them.

The shooting occurred when deputies were responding to a report of a woman at a stone manufacturing business, in the 1600 block of South Union Avenue, who was yelling and throwing stones.

When she allegedly pointed the replica handgun at them, all three deputies fired their weapons.

She was declared dead at the scene.

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