BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern County deputies shot a stabbing suspect on the 100 block of Woodrow Avenue in Oildale. That suspect later died at Kern Medical Center as a result of his injuries.
A neighbor who lives across the street from where the stabbing occurred said he saw the stabbing victim, 61-year-old Danny Jones, in his front yard bleeding profusely. Justin Root said another neighbor tried to help Jones by attempting to stop the bleeding.
"He had like a towel or something on his throat, and he was stopping the guy from bleeding everywhere," said Root.
Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt confirmed the victim, whom the department later identified as Jones, had been stabbed in the neck.
At around 4:45 Thursday afternoon, sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at an apartment on Woodrow. Deputies responded to the scene in less than 1 minute after getting the call, said Pruitt.
"Deputies entered the apartment and they confronted the suspect who was still inside. During a confrontation and a struggle with the suspect, one of the deputies shot the suspect at least one time," said Pruitt late Thursday.
Overnight, the sheriff's office identified the stabbing suspect as 33-year-old Caleb Blackburn and said he "displayed bizarre behavior and refused to follow the deputy’s directions." The department also said deputies tried to gain control with the use of a stun gun and only shot Blackburn after he grabbed a deputy's holstered firearm and wouldn't let go.
Pruitt said late Thursday it's not known what relationship JOnes and Blackburn have to each other, nor what motivated the incident.