Multiple agencies investigate shots fired in rural Paso Robles

January 13, 2022


San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies are attempting to determine who fired shots, and from where, in rural Paso Robles Wednesday evening.

At about 5 p.m., witnesses reported hearing shots in the 200 block of W. 4th Street. Sheriff’s deputies then arrived at the location, along with Paso Robles police and CHP officers.

Deputies spoke with multiple witnesses about the location from which the shots may have come. When deputies tried to contact individuals at one residence, a man retreated into his home and refused to exit, according to the SLO County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators maintained contact with the man, and eventually, he exited the home with his wife. Deputies briefly detained the couple and then released them.

Deputies did not manage to identify the source of the shots. Investigators did not identify any suspects.

The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are attempting to determine whether any crime occurred.


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I am not an attorney, but I am pretty certain you do not have to open your door to police unless they display not just a warrant, but a search warrant. To quote from a famous document which is often forgotten by police “IV The right… to be secure in their… houses… shall not be violated.” In many courts, this is still the law of the land.

Further, I am pretty certain you don’t have to talk to police, search warrant or not. To quote from a famous document which is often forgotten by police “V No person… shall be compelled… to be a witness against himself” In many courts, this is still the law of the land.

I am also pretty certain police cannot detain someone without a lot more justification than “they wouldn’t answer the door”.

I also suspect that shooting in the county is legal. It is in most areas of the county. I live in the county just outside the limits of an incorporated city. Gunshots are not at all uncommon. I don’t know of anyone in my area that is alarmed enough about this to call 5-0.

Possibly citified immigrants to rural areas should go back if they can’t adjust to rural life. It would also help if police were trained longer than a few weeks before being given a gun and badge.

This looks to me like it could become another federal civil rights case for which we taxpayers will have to pay.


Sorry suckas. I watched the ghetto bird floating 4th and Spring. Not rural.




If the criteria is met for safe discharge, it’s not illegal to shoot on your own property in unincorporated areas. People in rural areas getting uptight about hearing firearms need to go back to their big city dwellings….

….and tolerate the regular drive by shootings!


W 4th is tucked back in the hills a bit. I don’t think the road even has lines painted and the houses are all $M+ with massive lots.


Yes, 4th Street goes way out west, miles past Paso city limits.