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Court documents: Man arrested after firing rounds at undercover urinating deputy

Posted at 11:45 AM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 23:33:51-04

Court documents say 66-year-old Michael Beilby fired several shots at an undercover Kern County Sheriff's deputy last week. 

On Wednesday July 7, Deputy D. Manriquez was in the 1500 block or Watts Drive in Bakersfield when Beilby fired at the deputy. According to court documents, Beilby was on his property when he fired at Manriquez, who was outside of his unmarked vehicle urinating on the side of the road. 

Beilby admitted to firing his rifle at the deputy in order to scare him away. He believed Manriquez was going to engage in a sexual act with a prostitute, however there was no one in the car with the deputy. 

According to the report, Deputy D. Manriquez was working undercover in the area and stopped his unmarked vehicle because he needed to urinate. While urinating, the deputy heard two shots directed his way, when he located Beilby at his home on Watts Drive. Manriquez then entered his car and called backup. 

Courts documents say Beilby did not know Manriquez was undercover. Both Beilby and his wife told officials they have been shot at multiple times in the past and were protecting their property. He calls his actions "felony stupid," and told detectives that someone had driven down the street with a prostitute earlier that day. 

Beilby was arrested and booked on two felony charges, assault with a semi automatic rifle and reckless discharge. He is currently out on bail at 125,000 dollars. Deputy D. Manriquez was not injured in the incident.