BAKERSFIELD — Two men were arrested on Sunday night after allegedly discharging a firearm illegally and running from police.
Andre Menefield, 41, of Los Angeles and 36-year-old Charles McGarity of Bakersfield were booked into the Central Receiving Facility.
Menefield is being charged for discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, criminal conspiracy, concealing evidence, carrying a loaded firearm in public and resist/delay a peace officer.
Meanwhile, McGarity is being charged with discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, criminal conspiracy and concealing evidence.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred at around 7:30 a.m. on June 29, in the 400 block of Stephens Drive in Bakersfield.
“Deputies responding to a report of gunshots heard in the area where told by witnesses that a saw a black male subject in possession of a handgun,” said Ray Pruitt Sheriff’s spokesperson. “A short time later, deputies said they located two male subjects matching witnesses’ description in the parking lot of 409 Stephens Drive, but when deputies tried to make contact with the men, Menefield fled on foot into an apartment in the complex, where he was eventually taken into custody without incident.”
McGarity in the meantime was detained and found to have five Federal .38 Special casings in his shorts pocket.
Deputies then executed a search warrant on the apartment Menefield ran into and located a fully loaded Ruger .357 Blackhawk handgun in the bedroom where he was hiding.
Bakersfield News: Deputies arrest two for discharge of firearm