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Kern County Sheriff's Office - Main
Thursday September 24th, 2015 :: 08:51 a.m. PDT


Suspect Arrested for Murder

On September 23, 2015 at about 7:06 pm Kern County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a victim of a shooting in the area of Virginia Ave. and Quantico Ave. in east Bakersfield.

When deputies arrived they located the victim in the north alley of the 2500 block of Virginia Ave. Deputies administered medical aid until an ambulance arrived and transported the victim to Kern Medical Center. The victim had sustained a single gunshot to his upper body and was pronounced dead at KMC.

Homicide detectives responded and initiated an investigation. Detectives were able to determine the victim, a 16 year old Hispanic male, and another Hispanic male had been involved in a confrontation with two black males in the area prior to the shooting. During the confrontation one of the black males shot the victim.

During the investigation detectives were able to identify a suspect, 23 year old Denzil Nutall. Detectives developed information that Nutall had left Bakersfield and was possibly in the Los Angeles area. At about 2:30 am Nutall was located by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department on a Greyhound bus in Los Angeles. He was arrested without incident.

Nutall was transported to Bakersfield and booked into the Kern County Jail for one count of murder. The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are attempting to identify other individuals who may have been involved in the initial confrontation. If anyone has information on this case they are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.

Kern County Sheriff's Office - Main
1350 Norris Rd
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 661-391-7500

Ray Pruitt
Public Information Officer

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