David Oh, 53, Died Following Officer Involved Shooting In Bakersfield Along Manning Street
BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (January 10, 2024) – A 53-year-old man identified as David Oh has tragically died in a Bakersfield police shooting along Manning Street.
Kern County officials are saying that the incident took place on November 26. Body camera footage of the encounter and subsequent police shooting has since been released by the Bakersfield police department.
Bakersfield police officials were called to the home of an elderly woman who died. No foul play is suspected in her death. However, officers learned that David Oh was at the home and he had an active warrant for his arrest.
Officers attempted to arrest the man, but a struggle ensued. David Oh allegedly produced a knife before he was shot by police officers. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help him.
Sadly, he later died due to the severe nature of his injuries. A full investigation into the death remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Bakersfield Police Shootings
California has one of the highest instances of police shootings in the United States. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, “About 195 people die each year from interactions with California law enforcement. Gunshots are by far the most common cause of death: nearly 250 people are shot by police each year.” People with an undiagnosed mental illness are substantially more likely to be killed in police shootings. There are a number of measures that police departments should take in order to avoid police shootings.
- Police officers should be well-trained to deal with suspects under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Police officers should be well-trained with respect to department policies for dealing with mentally ill suspects.
- Police officers should have less-lethal alternatives to their firearms such as tasers.
Police officers tend to have a great deal of discretion with respect to how they perform their job duties. But at no point are officers allowed to use excessive force. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. It is important that certain steps are taken after any police shooting.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Body camera footage from all officers involved should be reviewed.
- The police report of the incident should be sought.
- An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.
It can be hard to know where to begin after any police shooting. To make matters worse, police departments will often do everything that they can to evade liability if one of their officers is involved in a fatal shooting. This is why it is so important that evidence is properly preserved after any incident. The family of any person that died in a police shooting may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Bakersfield Police Shootings
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of David Oh. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of this man’s family. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about a Bakersfield police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here for you. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police abuses of power. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.