A suspect who crashed a stolen vehicle near Interstate 5 late Thursday evening allegedly fired upon firefighters and law enforcement before killing himself.
The incident began shortly before 11:52 p.m. when two off-duty Mount Shasta firefighters stopped to help a motorist who crashed in a vacant field by Interstate 5 north of Lost Hills. Kern County sheriff’s deputies said the motorist opened fire on the firefighters as he ran from his vehicle.
The firefighters were uninjured.
Deputies and California Highway Patrol officers arrived shortly afterward. Deputies said the suspect also fired upon them from where he was hiding under a tumbleweed.
The officers did not return fire, and the sheriff’s SWAT team responded to the scene. SWAT members approached the suspect and found he was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, deputies said.
Deputies later found the suspect’s vehicle had been reported stolen to the Lemoore Police Department. The suspect’s name was not released.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 861-3110 or Secret Witness at 322-4040. Refer to case number SR15-02564.