Man Held in Shooting at Deputy's Patrol Car in Bakersfield

Jan 8, 2015 9:15 AM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Bakersfield say a man opened fire at a sheriff's patrol car before slashing his own throat and urging deputies to kill him.

KBAK-TV reports deputies were shot at several times after responding to a report of a prowler in a residential area early Wednesday.

After more deputies arrived they located Bernardo Mendoza several blocks away. When deputies approached him, the 33-year-old cut his own throat with a broken bottle. Officials say he yelled at the deputies to kill him and began throwing items at them.

Mendoza was subdued and taken to a hospital. Following surgery, he was listed in critical condition but is expected to survive.

He could face charges including attempted murder.

Officials say the handgun used by Mendoza was stolen in 2007.


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