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NEW YORK: A 45-year-old Sikh truck driver was shot dead by police in the city of Bakersfield in southern California on Sunday morning.
According to reports in the local media, the victim has been identified as Jaspal Singh.
The police reportedly responded to a call about domestic disturbance from a home near Oswell Street on San Mateo Drive in Bakersfield.
When cops reached the spot, Singh reportedly had his gun pointed at them. He was fired at five times.
Detective Todd Farnsworth was quoted as saying by local news networks, “Upon arriving on scene, officers were encountered with a male subject with a gun. The subject pointed the gun at officers.”
He said Singh was hit by five shots fired by one of the two officers. He was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Singh, who came to California from Bharo Majra village near Phagwara in Punjab more than a decade ago, was reportedly suffering from depression. He is survived by his wife Mandeep Kaur and two children. Actually, it was wife who called police when she saw him with the weapon he had borrowed from a friend. The deceased has a brother named Balihar Singh who is also a truck driver in Los Angeles.
The officer who shot at Singh has been sent on leave as police continue their investigations.
Bakersfield is home to some very successful Sikhs in southern California, including Mehnga Singh Sangera who was the first Indian to own car dealerships (Mercedes, Volvo and Subaru).