Man-hunt for police shooter continues

Mike Gervais
Staff Writer

Authorities have closed a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail and Paiute Trail in Kern County are closed this week as authorities launch a man hunt for subject believed to be involved in a murder in the Jawbone Canyon area and the shooting of two Kern County Sheriff’s deputies.
According to reports, the subject was squatting on private land in Kern County. When the property owner and two friends attempted to contact the man on July 28, he allegedly attempted to detain the landowner by gunpoint. That individual was able to escape and call 911.
The next day, David Louis Markiewitz's worried family found the 64-year-old man shot to death in his cabin.
Kern County authorities said this week they believe that the incidents are related.
When authorities responded to Markiewitz’s home, on Saturday, an armed subject confronted the SWAT team members, shooting two deputies.
Deputy Michael Booker was shot twice - once in each arm – and Senior Deputy Jose Perez was treated for a minor wound to his right ear.
Booker was flown by helicopter to a hospital with severe injuries. Reports from law enforcement last week stated that Perez was able to return to the search.
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release this week described the fugitive as a white man in his early 30s, five-feet eight-inches tall and 160 pounds, with long brown hair, blue eyes and wearing a brown corduroy hat and green bandanna.
On Wednesday, U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region Randy Moore signed an emergency closure of the PCT and Paiute Trail in the Sequoia National Forest as law enforcement scours the area in search of the shooter. The section of trail impacted by the closure runs from U.S. Highway 58 to Bird Spring Pass, east of Weldon.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff's Office at 661-861-3110 or 1-800-861-3110.