“Anne and I extend our deepest condolences to Officer Nelson's family, friends and colleagues as they mourn this tragic loss. We join all Californians in honoring his dedication and service to the people of Bakersfield.”

— Gov. Jerry Brown and wife Anne Gust Brown


“I am deeply saddened at the tragic accident this morning that claimed the life of a Bakersfield Police officer during a vehicle pursuit. As a city we mourn with the victim’s family, and with the local law enforcement community.”

— Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall


“This officer didn’t want to be chasing that man last night, but he did it because he was dedicated. The only dedication we can give for his life is to all come together and work as a community so that this doesn’t happen again.”

— Bakersfield City Councilman Terry Maxwell


“This officer was not only a professional, but also a citizen of this city and a friend to all who called for help in times of danger, distress and fear. My household sends condolences to the family members, friends and fellow officers grieving this incredible loss.”

— Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez


“My prayers are with Police Officer Nelson’s family, loved ones and fellow peace officers. His death is a tremendous loss and a tragic reminder of the dangers he and others face protecting our communities.”

– State Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield


“My entire staff and I send our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Nelson, who gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep our Bakersfield community safe.”

– Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford


“Today, Bakersfield Police Officer David Nelson bravely gave his life in service of his community and the state of California. On behalf of the California Department of Justice, I extend my deepest sympathies to his family, his loved ones, and the entire Bakersfield Police Department. The state of California and our law enforcement family will be forever grateful for his dedicated service.”

– California Attorney General Kamala Harris

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