Kern County Sheriff's

ROSAMOND — Kern County Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers arrested a man in Rosamond, Monday who shot at them, then fought when they tried to arrest him outside a residence.

Deputies and officers went to a house in the 3400 block of Leopard Court at about 8 p.m. to investigate reports of someone shooting a firearm inside and outside the home near 35th Street West and north of Rosamond Boulevard.

When they arrived, they heard gunshots coming from the house. As they approached the residence, they found Benjamin Avalos, 38, in the driveway, officials said.

When deputies identified themselves, he fired about three rounds from a handgun at them and deputies took cover.

After deputies continued to command Avalos, he eventually put the gun down, but continued to be verbally aggressive with them.

Ultimately, deputies used an electronic control device and were able to arrest him, following a struggle, officials said.

After the arrest, deputies found a loaded handgun and ammunition in the driveway, as well as several spent shell casings inside and outside the residence.

Three handguns and two rifles were also found in the house.

Avalos was booked into Kern County Jail on multiple counts of attempted homicide of a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and other firearms related charges.

No deputies were injured in the incident, officials said. 

(2) comments

Jimzan

Sounds like Benjamin Avalos was drunk or is on the A.V. Slimfast program (Meth)...Benjamin Avalos is lucky to be alive...Way to go Rosamond P.D. !! most officers would have busted a cap in his a$$

Pete K

Totally agree, the outcome could have been deadly, and rightly so, good job by the deputies! This is the story that should be showed in the national news to showcase positive actions by the local deputies! Great reporting by the AV Press.

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