BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — California authorities say a handgun found at the scene of a fatal police shooting has been identified as a gun stolen from an unmarked sheriff’s patrol car last month.

Twenty-year-old Augustus Crawford was fatally shot by a Bakersfield officer Saturday during a foot chase following a traffic stop.

Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said Monday that Crawford was the primary suspect in a shooting that occurred earlier that night. The victim survived.

KBAK-TV reports a recovered gun is one of four firearms stolen from an unmarked vehicle belonging to the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. The weapons were taken while it was parked outside a deputy’s home.

The officer who shot Crawford has been identified as Warren Martin, the son of Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin. The chief has recused himself from the investigation.

Information from: KBAK-TV,

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