Police kill man during gun battle

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Police shot and killed a man early Friday during a gun battle.

Officers responded just after midnight to the 300 block of Monterey Street on a report of people fighting. Officers couldn't find the fighters but heard several shots fired in the area, according to a police news release.

Officers continued to patrol the area, and less than a half-hour later Officer Daniel McAfee saw someone walking in the area of Niles Street and Union Avenue. McAfee exited his patrol car and tried to contact the man, 22-year-old Darrin Hogg, but Hogg allegedly started shooting at McAfee.

The officer returned gunfire as a second police cruiser arrived. Hogg allegedly started shooting at those two officers, Robert Pair and Michael Johns, as well.

Hogg was hit and taken to Kern Medical Center, where he died. His 45 caliber gun was recovered.

None of the officers were injured, though their patrol cars were riddled with bullets.

The officers were placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

The ramp going onto Highway 178 from Niles was closed Friday morning as police inspected the scene of the shootout.