ROSAMOND — A 33-year-old man was shot by deputies during a standoff on Tuesday afternoon in an area 10 miles northwest of the city of Rosamond in Kern County.
Luis Macias was booked upon his release from the hospital on three counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, exhibiting a firearm at an officer, resisting arrest and a felony warrant.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement stating that the incident began at around 3:30 p.m. on July 28, when deputies searching for a suspect with an outstanding felony warrant obtained information that the suspect, later identified as Macias, was hiding inside a trailer in the 10000 block of Hamilton Road just outside the Rosamond city limits.
“Deputies located the trailer and while approaching it, were confronted by the suspect, who had broken out a window and brandished a handgun at them,” said KCSO Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt. “A few minutes later, the suspect again waved the handgun at deputies through an open door, firing one round in their direction.”
Two deputies returned fire, striking Macias at least one time, forcing him to retreat back inside the trailer. After several failed attempts to contact Macias, the Bakersfield Police Department SWAT team was contacted. But before they could arrive, Macias surrendered without further incident.
In a search of the trailer, deputies found the firearm Macias had used to shoot at officers, which had been previously reported stolen to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Macias was transported to an area hospital with major, but non-life threatening injuries. The two deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on routine administrative leave pending a review of the shooting incident.