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Tuesday, Sep 17 2013 05:51 PM

Police release names of officers involved in fatal shooting

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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

    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 THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The names of the officers involved in an early morning shooting Monday that left two men dead were released Tuesday, but Bakersfield Police continued refusing to answer any questions about the incident.

Police have not said why they pulled over Justin Bryan Harger and Jorge Ramirez at 12:34 a.m. in the east parking lot of the Four Points by Sheraton on California Avenue. It's unclear what led to the shooting, how many shots were fired and who fired first.

The following are the officers involved in the shooting: Daniel Brewer, eight-year veteran; Rick Wimbish, 22-year-veteran; Ryan Vaughan, four-year veteran; Jess Beagley, eight-year veteran; and Chad Garrett, three-year veteran.

Both Harger, 32, and Ramirez, 34, died at the scene. Police said an officer suffered a gunshot wound to the head that did not appear to be life-threatening, and another officer suffered a minor injury unrelated to the gunfire.

Police said a handgun was recovered from the suspects.

Breanna Reyes, girlfriend of Ramirez, said he was a happy man who enjoyed playing with model airplanes and fishing. She's seven months pregnant with his fifth child.

Reyes said Ramirez had been friends with Harger for years. She said Ramirez didn't want to go out with Harger on Monday, but Harger convinced him to.

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

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