2 shot in stolen car by park rangers

2 shot in stolen car by park rangers

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Park rangers at Hart Park shot a man and woman Saturday night after  they the duo allegedly tried to hit one of the rangers with their stolen car.

The man and woman were taken to Kern Medical Center and treated for their non-lethal gunshot wounds.

Kern County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ray Pruitt said the incident started when three Kern County rangers on patrol in Hart Park were investigating a separate shooting reported at around 7:45 p.m. Saturday.

While patrolling the roads near where the shooting took place, the rangers found a car parked along Round Mountain Road.

Kern county officials later identified the vehicle's occupants as William Volschow, 27, and Martha Martin, 62. The rangers ran the car's plates and found that it was reported stolen.

After the park rangers ordered the two to get out of the car, Volschow put the car in reverse and sped toward one of the rangers, Pruitt said. 

The ranger, who immediately started shooting at the car, jumped out of the way before the car crashed into a tree, the sheriff's department said.

Officials said the other two rangers also fired rounds at the vehicle.

Both Volschow and Martin were taken to  Kern Medical for treatment before they were arrested. Both are facing possession of a stolen vehicle, while Volschow has an additional assault with a deadly weapon charge.

The sheriff's office said the incident is currently being investigating by its robbery/homicide unit. The park rangers were uninjured during this incident. 

The park rangers involved in the shooting are identified as Christopher Gonzales, Christopher Boston and Jessey Esposito. All three have been placed on routine administrative leave.