ROSAMOND – A 32-year-old man was shot and wounded by Kern County Sheriff’s deputies in Rosamond early Tuesday morning after he allegedly led deputies on a short pursuit and then brandished a shotgun, authorities said.
Samuel Johnson was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital with moderate injuries and is expected to survive, according to a news release from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
The officer-involved shooting happened after deputies responded to a report of a suspect threatening a person with a firearm around 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, in the 3300 block of 15th Street West in Rosamond, according to the news release.
“When deputies arrived, they located the suspect, who was leaving the area in a vehicle. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle and the suspect led them on a short pursuit, stopping in the 3200 block of Discovery Way,” the news release states. “The suspect, 32-year-old Samuel Johnson, exited the vehicle and brandished a shotgun at deputies. Two deputies fired several rounds at Johnson, striking him at least once.”
Johnson was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, making terrorist threats, auto theft and grand theft of a firearm, according to the news release.
He will be booked into the Kern County Jail upon his release from the hospital, officials said.
“The two deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave pending a review of the shooting incident,” the news release states.