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Sunday, Dec 29 2013 12:32 PM

East Bakersfield man shot, killed by police

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Bakersfield Police Department detectives look over an area where a BPD officer shot a man Sunday morning on San Mateo Drive in the Tyner Ranch development. The shooting victim later died.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Bakersfield Police Department Detective Todd Farnsworth speaks about a BPD officer-involved shooting Sunday morning on San Mateo Drive in the Tyner Ranch development. Police had answered a domestic dispute call just after 8 a.m. Police said a man pointed a gun at officers and was shot.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Bryan Orton lives near San Mateo Drive and Isla Bonita Street in the Tyner Ranch development where a Bakersfield Police Department officer-involved shooting occurred Sunday morning. He said he heard the shots fired. The shooting victim later died.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Bryan Orton was getting dressed Sunday morning in his Tyner Ranch home about 8:15 when he and his wife heard several rapid “pap-pap-pap-pap” sounds outside, he said.

Orton peeked out the front window of his home on Isla Bonita Street in time to see a man identified as 45-year-old Jaspal Singh staggering to the rear of a blue-green Honda in the 5200 block of San Mateo Drive.

Singh was shot by a Bakersfield Police officer following a call about a domestic dispute.

“I saw him stumble and go to the ground and he was not moving any more,” said Orton, who has lived in the Tyner Ranch development east of Bakersfield since 2004.

Singh was pronounced dead at Kern Medical Center at 8:57 a.m.

According to Detective Todd Farnsworth, police received a call at 8:02 a.m. about a domestic dispute in the 5200 block of San Mateo. Farnsworth said that when two police officers arrived, Singh was outside the Honda and holding a firearm.

Farnsworth said when the man pointed the firearm at officers, one of them fired five shots at him.

Singh was hit numerous times.

It is unclear whether Singh fired his weapon.

Neighbors said it took more than 15 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, although they said police did chest compressions on Singh in the interim.

Farnsworth said the officer, whom he declined to identify, will be placed on paid administrative leave.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the BPD at 327-7111.

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