Suspect surrenders to deputies after several hours


A standoff between Kern County Sheriff’s SWAT and an armed McKittrick man who allegedly fired a shot during a dispute with family members team ended peacefully early Saturday.

The suspect, identified in a Sheriff’s press release as John Mark Sagaser, holed up in a trailer in the  22000 Block of E Street after a sheriff’s deputy and Taft Police officer responded McKittrick shortly after midnight to a report of a family dispute where a shot was fired.

When the deputy and the officer arrived, they found the suspect at the home.

He had two guns on him, which he displayed to the officers, according to the press release

He refused to obey officers’ orders, according to a press release, and a Taser was deployed but that was not effective.

Sagaser then ran into a small trailer and refused to come out.

The SWAT team was called and, after several hours, the negotiator was able to persuade Sagaser to surrender.

He was taken into custody and booked in the Sheriff’s central receiving facility in Bakersfield on charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Sheriff’s official credited the assistance of Taft Police and the California Highway Patrol with helping end the standoff peacefully.