Man arrested for opening fire on sheriff’s deputy in Southeast Bakersfield


A man is under arrest after police say he fired on a Kern County Sheriff’s deputy sitting in an unmarked vehicle in Southeast Bakersfield Wednesday afternoon.

Police said they arrested 66-year-old Michael Beilby who opened fire on the sheriff’s deputy from a nearby home at around 2:20 p.m.

The plain-clothed deputy was sitting in an unmarked vehicle and was on-duty parked in the 2200 block of Watts Drive.

The deputy was not wounded in the shooting.

Bakersfield police officers arrived, found and arrested Beilby. Police said Beilby had a gun in his possession at the time.

Beilby was arrested and faces assault with a deadly weapon and other weapons violations.

Police did not release the name of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

Bakersfield police continue to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.

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