The man shot and killed by California Highway Patrol officers Friday morning after claiming he had a gun has been identified as 25-year-old Aaron Allen Przekop of Lancaster, coroner’s officials reported Monday.
The shooting happened after Przekop crashed his vehicle on northbound Interstate 5, just north of State Route 43, according to a news release from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
“California Highway Patrol was dispatched at approximately 4:42 [a.m. Friday, Feb. 8] for a report of a traffic collision… When CHP officers arrived, they located the vehicle which appeared to have veered off of the highway onto the right-hand shoulder of northbound Interstate 5, colliding with a light pole, traveling through the east fence line, and coming to rest in a field northeast of Interstate 5. The officers contacted the adult male driver who was the sole occupant of the vehicle,” the news release states.
“The subject claimed that he had a firearm, which caused the officers to back away from their approach. The subject exited the vehicle and began to approach the officers. The subject refused to comply with the officer’s commands and had a hand concealed as he continued to approach the officers. An officer-involved shooting ensued,” the sheriff’s news release states.
The officers administered medical aid to Przekop, but they were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriffs news release.
No officers were injured in the incident.
The shooting remains under investigation. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation in partnership with the CHP and the Kern County District Attorney’s office.
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RIP young man I wish he could of found the help and love he was so desperately seeking. His Facebook profile tells the whole story. My thoughts and prayers go out to Aaron and his family, ecspeacily his kids that you can tell he missed and loved very much…. So sad.
BRETT HAWKES says
You spelled his last name wrong: It is PRZEKOP. I am good friends with his father and the whole incident is just tragic.
Tim Scott says
For all the people assuming “suicide by cop,” have you considered the question of whether these suicide weapons should be left just lying around where anyone can pick them up and use them?
Meanwhile, someone who has just crashed a car, off of a high speed interstate no less, perhaps isn’t going to be at their most rational.
I was first to stop at a car wreck on Sierra Highway one time, and made the mistake of saying “are you okay?” to a guy who had just gotten a good bite out of his steering wheel. What I wanted was I guess a nod that I should move on to the other car, since despite the bloody mouth and broken teeth this guy was moving around and seemed all in one piece while the second car looked like it might be really bad. What I got was a guy flying off the handle yelling words that were probably “do I look alright you stupid ” spraying blood at me and trying to get out of the car, apparently intending to fight.
Since I’m not a cop I couldn’t just say “scared of this guy” and shoot him dead, so I had to deal with it.
Derek Vineyard says
Would be great to know if the subject actually had a weapon?
I believe Suicide by cop as well.. he was suffering mentally. It’s apparent on his FB. RIP young man.. strength to the family.
Nobody rioting I see. Oh he’s White.
Ron…Moses was married to an Ethiopian woman: Numbers 12:1.
Price of tea in China Alexis?
I’m addressing Ron’s racism, Laughing.
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I got that, but biblical example does not match what Ron is commenting about. Often, not all the time, but often if someone not pale skinned gets killed there is protest in the community. Most whites will not protest another white being shot unless it is proven the person was innocent and the officers were way out of line. They sit back and wait to see the facts rather than jump to instant protest.
Quite a few verses about that in the good book.
Yikes that is expensive!
I interpreted it differently, knowing that he is open about his racist mind-set. Many Trump supporters are racist, and also call themselves Christians, which has nothing to do with Biblical truth. Thankyou for your interpretation. I might also feel as you do if I hadn’t factored in his many other vile racist comments.
Random Stranger says
Her folks they said our lives together
Sure was gonna be rough
They never did like
Mama’s homemade dress
Papa’s bank book wasn’t big enough
We’ll meet again someday, on the avenue, tangled up in blue.
Do stupid stuff end up dead!!!!! That’s how it works.
Thank God it was a white boy I’m getting tired of all the black this black that even when it’s 100% justified. I do feel sorry for the family, wish he could have gotten help before it went this far.
Jason Zink says
Why don’t cops use rubber bullets. After you get hit by one – you will wish you were dead – but won’t be. I will never forget the senseless death of when Palmdale Sheriff’s killed a mental ill Veteran walking along Rancho Vista when he was confronted by the Sheriff’s. A person does need to obey orders by the Sheriff’s but I have seen countless times when cops escalate things and cause more of a problem then it ever was.
Rubber bullets at close range are just as deadly as regular bullets. Rubber bullets are used more for control of crowds, the firearm is pointed down so that the rubber bullets bounce off the street to allow lose of some velocity to be effective yet less deadly. This situation was a life or death situation for both parties which calls for lethal force. The officers walked up to a situation expecting a medical rescue, not a stand off, less then lethal equipment was not available at the time, just their service pistol. This is a great example that every situation is different.
“The subject refused to comply with the officer’s commands and had a hand concealed as he continued to approach the officers…”
Suicide by cop.
That’s what we’re told by the cops. Perhaps, the young man was disoriented from the crash? If, suicide was what he was looking for, I am so elated that the boys in blue (or, khaki) were able to oblige him! Always, out there, trying to protect us!
Facts of Life says
What would you have done then? Im guessing the same thing the cops did.
You are right! Has anyone investigated his post on FB?
Mrs M says
Poor man! This was suicide by cop. He was struggling with something. His Facebook page says it all. He said his goodbyes. Hoping you found peace Aaron Przekop. RIP.