Officials Offer Condolences for Bakersfield, CA, Police Officer Killed in Crash During Pursuit


Condolences have begun to pour into Bakersfield from officials around the state as news travels of the death of Bakersfield Police Officer David Nelson.

Nelson, 26, was killed in a car crash early Friday morning during a pursuit near Bakersfield College. Below are the statements received so far by Eyewitness News.

Governor Jerry Brown:
“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.”

Brown’s statement was accompanied by an order to lower flags at the Capitol to half-staff. (Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall also issued an order to have the city’s flags lowered to half-staff until sundown the day of Nelson’s burial.)

Attorney General Kamala Harris:
“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 Senator Andy Vidak:
“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.”


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