An on-duty plain-clothed Kern County sheriff's deputy was sitting in an unmarked vehicle legally parked in southeast Bakersfield Wednesday when a 66-year-old man opened fire on him, according to police.

The accused shooter, Michael Beilby, was taken into custody on charges including assault with a deadly weapon. A gun was found in his possession, police said.

The deputy, whom police did not identify, was uninjured. 

The incident occurred at about 2:20 p.m. when police were called to a report of shots fired in the 2300 block of Watts Drive. The deputy, parked in the 2200 block of Watts, said he was sitting in a vehicle when he heard gunshots, police said. 

The deputy reported a man — later identified as Beilby — fired shots at him from a nearby residence, according to police. 

Officers and additional deputies rushed to the scene and Beilby was taken into custody without incident. 

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call Detective Robert Pair at 326-3553 or the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.

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I'm sure it was a "registered" weapon, obtained legally and the person had a Concealed Carry Permit. Looks like California's strict and restrictive gun laws are working ,except they are only working on law abiding citizens and not the criminals.


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