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Monday, Sep 16 2013 07:21 AM

Shootout leaves 2 dead, 2 officers injured in hotel parking lot

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    A body is removed from the rear parking lot of the Four Points Sheraton on California Avenue early Monday morning Sept. 16 as part of the investigation into a shooting that killed two men and injured two police officers. Evidence markers could be seen near the shooting area.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Evidence markers could be seen at the rear parking lot of the Four Points Sheraton on California Avenue Monday morning as a body is removed from the area where a shooting occurred earlier in the day. Two people were shot and killed and two officers were injured. The investigation continues.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Guests leave the Four Points Sheraton on California Avenue Monday morning as the investigation ino a shooting where two people were killed and two officers were injured early Monday morning continues.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    A body is removed from the rear parking lot of the Four Points Sheraton on California Avenue early Sept. 16 as part of an investigation into a shooting that killed two men and injured to police officers. One of the men killed was a police informant. Evidence markers could be seen near the shooting area.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The tranquil setting of the Four Points Sheraton on California Avenue was disrupted early on the morning of Sept. 16 when a shooting occurred between two men — one of them a police informant — and Bakersfield Police. The informant and a second man were killed and two officers were injured.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Police tape is wrapped around trees in front of the Four Points Sheraton on California Avenue in Bakersfield after a shooting Sept. 16.

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    By Laura Liera/ The Californian

    A Bakersfield Police Department investigation vehicle was in front of the Four Points by Sheraton Monday morning after a shooting left two people dead and two officers injured.

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    By Laura Liera/ The Californian

    Following an officer-involved shooting Monday morning, police tape surrounds the California Avenue side of the Bistro restaurant at the Four Points by Sheraton.

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    By Laura Liera/ The Californian

    Police were in the parking lot of the Four Points by Sheraton Monday morning to investigate a shooting that left two people dead and two officers injured.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Two men were shot and killed Monday morning and two officers were injured after a police attempt to pull over a vehicle escalated into a shootout in a hotel parking lot.

The coroner’s office identified the deceased as Justin Bryan Harger, 32, and Jorge Ramirez, 34.

The shooting occurred at 12:34 a.m. in the east parking lot of the Four Points Sheraton on California Avenue.

Harger and Ramirez were shot by police and died at the scene.

Court records show Harger pleaded no contest in 2003 and 2006 to transporting drugs, and pleaded guilty in 2000 to drug possession.

One officer suffered what police described as a “moderate gunshot wound to his head” that “does not appear to be life-threatening at this time.” Another officer suffered a “minor injury unrelated to the gunfire,” police said.

A handgun was recovered from the suspects, police said. It doesn’t appear any surveillance footage captured the incident.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

They have not said what led to the shooting, how many shots were fired or the exact sequence of events.

Monday morning, the Sheraton was surrounded by yellow police tape on both the California Avenue and Mohawk Street sides. The tape blocked the entrance to the parking lot.

Police were redirecting traffic coming from Mohawk Street into the Kaiser Permanente parking lot.

A Sheraton spokesman directed all questions to the BPD.

Police are not looking for other suspects in the incident.

Bakersfield Police ask that anyone with information about the incident to call 327-7111.

 

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