D.A.'s office: Deputies justified in using deadly force against manhunt suspect

Benjamin Peter Ashley was identified as the manhunt suspect accused of killing a retired dentist and firing upon deputies.

Kern County sheriff’s deputies who fired upon manhunt suspect Benjamin Peter Ashley were justified in their use of deadly force as Ashley was armed with a handgun and pointing it in their direction, the District Attorney’s office announced Tuesday.

The D.A.’s investigation found Ashley refused to comply with repeated demands to drop the gun, and that both Deputies Kevin Parsons and Edward Perry believed their lives were in danger during the Aug. 15 confrontation.

A news release from the D.A.’s office states, “Deputy Parsons was faced with a

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