Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies Fatally Shoot Man Accused of Killing Dentist, Injuring 2 Deputies

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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)

Kern County deputies shot and killed a man in Inyokern on Saturday afternoon who matched the description of Benjamin Peter Ashley, a homeless man suspected of killing a retired dentist and wounding two sheriff’s deputies, authorities reported.

Lt. Damian Nord said the shooting occurred about 5:30 p.m. after the Kern County Sheriff’s Department received a tip that a man matching Ashley’s description was at a location on U.S. 395.

Nord said two deputies confronted the man as he walked outside Brady’s Mini Mart at 4467 N. Highway 395 and opened fire, killing him. Both officers were unhurt.

Nord said the incident is under investigation, and no further details were available about the events leading up to the shooting.

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