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  • Update: Derby Acres suspect armed with assault rifle, handgun, KCSO says

  • Suspect fired multiple shots before deputies shot and wounded him
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  • Kern County Sheriff's deputies say the man injured in an officer-involved shooting was armed with a handgun and assault rifle when he was shot in Derby Acres early Sunday.
    The suspect was identified as Steven Cordova, 40.
    He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries in the shooting that culminated a stand off that last nearly 6 hours with periodic gunfire
    Sheriff's Spokesman Michael Worf said said Cordova fired numerous shots from inside the home on the 24000 block of Highway 33 at the intersection with Elm.
    The ongoing shooting forced deputies to evacuate people who lived in the immediate area of the shooting.
    However, no deputies or civilians were injured, Worf said.
    The investigation is still ongoing.
    The standoff started about 12:30 p.m. when deputies were dispatched to a report of a suicidal man armed with multiple firearms.
    Deputies made contact with Cordova.
    Events at that point are still not clear.
    At about 3:35 a.m., however, Worf said, Cordova opened the front door of the house and fired several shots.
    The shooting prompted the evacuations and a SWAT team was called in.
    Residents reported hearing shooting off and on throughout the night.
    One woman said the shots sounded like someone pounding on her front door.
    Cordova apparently came out of the residence at about 6 a.m. and that's when residents reported hearing a burst of automatic or semiautomatic fire.
    Worf said deputies fired on Cordova and took him into custody at that point. He was taken by ambulance to Kern Medical Center for treatment.
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