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Man accused of opening fire at a neighbor's home pleaded not guilty

Posted at 6:55 PM, Mar 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-14 19:32:40-04

UPDATE (March 14, 4:35 a.m.) Gary Allyn Leapley was in court on Wednesday and entered a plea of not guilty on 10 felony charges.

He is accused of opening fire on his neighbor's home and is due back in court on March 26.


A large police presence is in the area of Alta Vista Drive and Acacia Avenue in northeast Bakersfield. 

Lieutenant Bravo with the KCSO said around 5:30 p.m. the suspect reportedly threatened his neighbor and said "I'm going to kill you."

Lt. Bravo said that suspect then shot twice into the neighbor's home. No one was injured.

KCSO said per multiple witness accounts, the suspect was alone. 

Officials said they have responded to calls at the residence before, but could not elaborate on what those calls for service were related to. 

Lt. Bravo said they do not know the motive for the incident. 

Our cameras showed a man walk out of the home and being taken into custody around 8:10 p.m.

KCSO confirmed Gary Allyn Leapley, 61, was arrested and charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor including assault with a deadly weapon, negligent discharge of firearm and terrorist threats. 

Leapley is scheduled to be seen in court Wednesday and his bail is set for $425,000.