The Bakersfield Police officers who fired their sidearms during Friday's incident at Bakersfield Heart Hospital have been identified as Officer Felipe Juarez and Officer James Montgomery, the BPD announced Monday.
Juarez, a BPD officer since July 2006, and Montgomery, with the BPD since March 2012, were placed on paid administrative leave, as is department policy. It was the first officer-involved shooting for them both.
The incident took place late Friday afternoon when Brandon Clark, 44, a resident of Big Sur, shot through a glass door on the south side of the Bakersfield hospital, located on Sillect Drive.
Clark entered the hospital, walked down hallways, entered the hospital's administration area and finally exited through the same door where he had first entered, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Staff members immediately alerted CEO Michelle Oxford who called a "code silver" — for a person with a weapon — and contacted 911 to alert law enforcement, the spokeswoman said. Police officers arrived at around 4:43 p.m. and within a couple of minutes had identified and shot the gunman.
No one other than the gunman was injured in the incident and no shots were fired inside the hospital, police said.
"The same staff that feared for their lives and the lives of their patients quickly responded to the gunshot victim, placed him on a gurney and rushed him to the Emergency Department," the hospital said in a release. "He was then transferred to a trauma hospital for treatment."
Clark was initially in critical condition.
The BPD said Clark is related to an employee at the hospital but had no contact with them prior to the incident and that that person does not appear to have been a target. No additional information was provided on why Clark was at the hospital or how long he was there.
BPD said Clark may have been under the influence of drugs during the shooting.
The department is looking for a vehicle they believe belonged to the suspect. It is a ’90s gray or silver pickup truck with Utah license plates. Police say the vehicle may have been attached to a flatbed trailer.
Oxford, the hospital CEO, released a statement praising the preparation and performance of her staff.
“Though our hospital is designed to be a place of healing, we conduct regular drills to prepare for events such as (Friday's) unfortunate situation," she said. "Our staff throughout the facility quickly responded to this incident by following their training to safeguard patients and visitors to the best of their ability.
"We commend our physicians, nurses and staff for their extraordinary response to the events that unfolded. The countless acts of heroism is risking their own lives to keep our patients safe and secure were selfless and courageous.”
Bakersfield Heart Hospital made crisis counselors available Saturday and Monday for anyone requesting to see hem.
The hospital declined to make staff members available to the media for interview.
The administration "understands the media wanting to identify a 'hero' ... but we feel all of our staff are heroes. We cannot identify one person over another that saved lives – we are family, we are a team and we acted accordingly," the hospital's statement said. "...We ask that you give our staff time to heal."