Gunman Wanted in Killing of Dentist, Shooting of Deputies Still Thought to Be East of Bakersfield

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The Kern County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 3, 2015, released this sketch of a man sought in a deadly four-day crime spree.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 3, 2015, released this sketch of a man sought in a deadly four-day crime spree.

Authorities have found evidence indicating a gunman suspected of killing a dentist, kidnapping three men and wounding two Kern County sheriff’s deputies is still within a remote five-square-mile area east of Bakersfield.

During the intense search, deputies “came across indications” that led them to believe the gunman is still in the area, sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said. Pruitt said he could not disclose details about what deputies found because it’s part of the investigation.

“We believe this person is still out there,” he said. “The last thing we want is anybody else getting hurt.

As the manhunt entered its seventh day, U.S. Marshals arrived at the isolated area Thursday to help in the search.

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Bakersfield police officers discuss search strategy with a Kern County sheriff's deputy during a search for a suspected killer. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Bakersfield police officers discuss search strategy with a Kern County sheriff’s deputy during a search for a suspected killer. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)