ROSAMOND – A man was shot and injured Tuesday after he allegedly brandished a handgun and fired one round at Kern County Sheriff’s deputies attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant, authorities said.
The officer-involved shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, on the 10000 block of Hamilton Road, about 10 miles northwest of Rosamond, according to Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County sheriff’s office.
“While searching for the [felony warrant] suspect, deputies developed information the suspect was possibly inside a trailer on Hamilton Road. Several deputies approached the trailer on foot and began establishing a perimeter around the trailer,” Pruitt stated in a news release. “As they did, the suspect, 33-year-old Luis Macias, broke a window from inside the trailer and brandished a handgun through the window at deputies.”
“Macias then opened a door to the trailer and again brandished the handgun, firing one round at the deputies who were taking cover,” Pruitt continued. “Two deputies returned fire, firing several rounds at Macias. Macias then retreated into the trailer.”
According to Pruitt, deputies surrounded the trailer and attempted to verbally contact Macias, but he was unresponsive.
“A SWAT callout was initiated and SWAT team members responded to the area, which is about a one and a half-hour drive from Bakersfield,” Pruitt stated. “As SWAT team members were arriving on scene, deputies were able to make contact with Macias and convince him to surrender.”
Macias was taken into custody without further incident, and a firearm was located inside the trailer, according to Pruitt.
“Macias was struck at least once by [a] deputy’s gunfire… His injuries do not appear life threatening,” Pruitt stated. “It was later determined the handgun recovered from inside the trailer had been reported stolen to the Los Angeles Police Department.”
The two deputies who fired at Macias – eight-year veteran Deputy John Coleman and seven-year veteran Deputy Chris Escobedo – have been placed on administrative leave pending a review of the incident, according to Pruitt.
“Macias was arrested for three counts of attempt murder, three counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, exhibiting a firearm at an officer, resisting arrest and the felony warrant. He will be booked into the Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving facility upon his release from the hospital,” Pruitt stated.