Bakersfield man pleads no contest to killing man who raised him

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man who said he heard voices when he fired shots that killed the man who raised him accepted a plea bargain on Wednesday.

Dan Ryan pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and attempted murder in the central Bakersfield shooting that killed 78-year-old Joe Salazar Estrada and wounded Estrada’s brother.

Ryan, 26, faces a prison term of 28 years and four months at his March sentencing.

Estrada and Ryan were not biologically related but Estrada raised Ryan from a child as his grandson, according to the brother, whose name was redacted from court documents. The brother suffered gunshot wounds to an elbow and thigh

The shooting happened the night of Feb. 10, 2022, outside Estrada’s house in the area of Myrtle and Third streets.

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When police arrived, Ryan said, “I had to shoot them! They were going to kill me!” according to court documents.

During a later interview, police said, Ryan made a number of bizarre comments: voices told him one of the victims had killed his grandmother; he was a sharpshooter because he played “Warzone;” and one of the victims had planned to kill him “over a power struggle.”

The brother told police he went to Estrada’s home because he received an alert an alarm was going off. He rang the doorbell and heard an argument going on inside. Estrada opened the door. Ryan stood near him.

The argument continued and at one point Ryan said something that offended the brother, according to the reports. The brother said he took a step toward Ryan and told him to watch his mouth.

Ryan then kicked the brother in the chest, knocking him down onto the front porch, documents said.

The brother said he heard three “popping” sounds he assumed were gunshots. He couldn’t see what happened, but he heard Estrada say “oh no” followed by three more pops, according to the documents.

Afterward, Ryan screamed and said, “I’m sorry. I love you guys,” the brother told police.

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