Michael Beilby has seen gangsters, prostitutes and thieves around his southeast Bakersfield home. 

The 66-year-old has grown frustrated with the amount of crime taking place both near and on his property.

He said that's why he took action, according to court documents, when he saw a man get out of a Jeep parked roughly 500 feet from his home and unzip his pants by the passenger door.

Believing a prostitute was in the vehicle and the man was about to engage in a sex act, Beilby told police he aimed a rifle at an area several feet away from the man and fired three rounds to "get him out of the mood to have sex."

Beilby said he didn't realize the man was a plain-clothed sheriff's deputy working undercover, according the documents. Nor did he realize the deputy had left the vehicle to urinate, and opened the passenger door so he wasn't exposed while relieving himself. 

Calling his actions "felony stupid," Beilby said he should have known better than to fire the gun.

"I don't blame the officer for being really angry with me," the documents say he told investigators. "But most people that are doing illegal things, that's enough that they don't come back. If I yell at them, they don't care."

Beilby is charged with assault with a semi-automatic firearm on a person and recklessly discharging a firearm. He's out of custody after posting bail and is next due in court July 25. 

The deputy was unharmed. 

The events leading to Beilby's arrest unfolded the afternoon of July 11 when the deputy, listed in documents as D. Manriquez, parked his vehicle on the north side of the 1500 block of Watts Drive.

Working an undercover operation in the area, the deputy parked there because he needed to urinate, according to the statement he gave to Bakersfield police detectives investigating the incident. 

Since he was undercover, Manriquez wasn't wearing anything identifying himself as law enforcement. He wore a brown "Volcom" short-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and a black and gray "DC" baseball cap, according to the documents.  

Not seeing any traffic or pedestrians in the area, Manriquez said he got out of the vehicle, walked to the passenger side and opened the door to cover himself while he urinated. Then he heard two gunshots. 

Manriquez looked around and saw a man — whom he later identified as Beilby — standing by a gate and holding a rifle. He zipped his pants and walked toward the driver's side of the Jeep as Beilby pointed the rifle at him, according to the documents. He said he heard another shot and a buzzing sound as the projectile passed near him. 

The deputy said he jumped in the Jeep and drove about 100 yards away as he reported the shooting to his supervisor. Shortly afterward, he saw a white sedan approaching from the area where the shots had come and recognized the shooter as the man behind the wheel. 

As Beilby parked, Manriquez got out of the Jeep and showed his badge then pointed his duty firearm — a .44-caliber Glock handgun — at Beilby.

He said Beilby immediately raised his hands and said, "I didn't know you were a cop. I didn't know who you were."

More law enforcement arrived and Beilby was taken into custody. A loaded Ruger .22-caliber rifle was in plain view in his car and had a round in the chamber, according to the documents. 

Investigators found numerous .22-caliber bullet casings on Beilby's property. His wife told police he uses the rifle to scare off animals including wild dogs and coyotes. 

During his interview with police, Beilby said earlier that day he chased off someone he caught driving down the road with a prostitute. Later he saw another person dumping trash.

Beilby said he figured the man parked in the Jeep also had a prostitute with him, according to the documents. He said he fired to scare off the man, not harm him.

Beilby told police he's an excellent shot and could have hit the man if he'd wanted.

"With my .22 at 50 yards I can hit a quarter," he said. 

(11) comments

BanditIvy

I have 3 45 caliber Glocks. Love them. Article mentions 44 caliber Glock. Where do you get one of those?

duffy

It sounds like two crimes were committed, one by the officer and one by the resident. The officer should at least be charged with indecent exposure and urinating in public. He should also be investigated for the sexual overtones involved in such lewd behavior. Such conduct by a law enforcement officer is disgusting and worthy of him being suspended or fired. Given the described location, Watts Drive, there are also racial overtones to the officer's crimes. I bet he wouldn't expose himself in Seven Oaks. Or maybe he would.

RICHARDFITZWELL

Curious Duffy..... have you ever been stuck in an undercover vehicle staking out a house for hours and hours and had to pee? Sometimes you just dont have the luxury of making it to a restroom. You probably have one right across from your desk job though. San Francisco has room for you.

ReefRanger

There are such things as soda cups, water bottles and milk jugs. One sees these urine-filled containers all along the highways. And...wonder of wonders...there actually is an item marketed for just such situations. It's called a travelers urinal. I would think in all the decades that there have been stakeouts, that the law enforcement agencies would supply these to it's UC officers. It provides better optics than a cop p-ng on the street. I suppose if you saw officer M. taking a dump beside his patrol car, you'd give him a pass for that too.

ReefRanger

Upvote.

rrogers512

There's just a whole lot goin on here.... Prepare yourself to end up back in the "weird national news stories", Bako.

Humano

That's why we need stricter gun laws: because there sre, to paraphrase his own words, plenty of "felony stupid" gun owners out there who are armed and stupidly dangerous.

Ed

What criminal is going to give up their gun for the law ? NONE of them

ReefRanger

As well as more than a few "felony stupid" people who believe what the left wing media feed them on a daily basis.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the cop wasn't exactly the epitome of intelligence either. Too bad Mr. Bielby didn't shoot the cop in his bare as* with a paintball gun. Wouldn't have killed him, but he'd have a long-lasting welt and a sting he'd remember!
And I'm a "Blue Lives Matter" kind of gal.

Ed

Misdemeanor exposure for the Deputy, maybe he will watch better where he pulls it out....

ReefRanger

He'll get a reprimand letter in his jacket, if that.

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