A 19-year-old man who fled police following a domestic dispute Thursday evening fired an imitation gun at a pursuing officer, according to police.

The officer returned fire, missing the man, who was taken into custody shortly afterward.

Police said the suspect, Jesus Bello, was armed with a "blank gun" imitation firearm that looks and sounds like an actual gun but can't fire projectiles. 

Bello is being held on $555,000 bail on charges of brandishing an imitation firearm, resisting arrest and participation in a criminal street gang. 

The incident began at 10:36 p.m. when police were called to an apartment complex in the 2500 block of Bishop Drive, in northeast Bakersfield, to a report of a domestic dispute involving a man and woman. 

An officer arrived and saw Bello standing to the front of the complex. He tried to speak with Bello, who then fled, police said. 

During the ensuing chase, Bello pointed a firearm at the officer and fired several times, police said. The officer, whose name has not been released, shot at Bello but did not hit him.

Bello climbed on the roof of a nearby structure and discarded the firearm, police said. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Bello had a minor injury to his finger which was not related to gunfire.

Investigators located numerous spent shell casings that were fired from the imitation firearm.

The officer has been placed on routine administrative leave pending review by the department's critical incident review board.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Detective Glen Davis at 326-3511 or the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.

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