Officers from the Bakersfield Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force went to the La Quinta Inn on Spectrum Park Way at 7 a.m. Friday looking a man wanted in Massachusetts for possession of child pornography.

Christopher Goebel, 38, had an arrest warrant from Massachusetts for possession of child porn and was believed to be in Bakersfield. Officers saw Goebel leaving the motel and followed him to the 6600 block of Coffee Road where he was arrested without incident. He was booked into the Kern County Jail for his warrant.

Officer then returned to the La Quinta at 9 a.m. to find a female acquaintance of Goebel's. She was not wanted at that time, but was believed to be in possession of illegal narcotics. Officers found her at the hotel, conducted a search of her room, and she was then released. She then went to her vehicle in the parking lot and got into the driver’s seat.

A BPD officer went to her vehicle and started talking to her through a closed door and window. When he asked her to exit the vehicle, she grabbed a gun and shot herself in the chest. Medical aid was immediately summoned and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers discharged their firearms.

The women's identity will be released later by the Kern County coroner’s office. A Critical Incident Investigation per Department policy is underway.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department 661-327-7111.

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Celebratory gunfire continues to be a problem in many cities, particularly on New Year’s Eve, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.

It can have tragic consequences. A bullet is discharged from a gun into the air, it will land, and when it does, there’s significant risk of injury or death.

So BPD is reminding the public that discharging a firearm in a celebratory fashion is a felony, and classified as negligent discharge of a firearm. People who are arrested face felony charges, will have their firearm seized, and may potentially be banned from owning or purchasing a firearm in the future.

Anyone with information about people who are illegally discharging firearms is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department 661-327-7111.

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Thursday night at 11:32 p.m. the Bakersfield Fire Department sent two engines and other equipment to a reported residential structure fire at 2312 N. Inyo St.

There they found a “working fire” in a single-story, single-family residential structure with flames showing through the roof. BFD firefighters immediately grabbed several hoselines to attack the rapidly growing fire; meanwhile they confirmed that all residents were outside of the building.

BFD arson investigators are still determining the cause of the fire. Damage is estimated at $70,000. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. 

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