Man shot multiple times after attack on deputy’s car with bat

FALLBROOK, Calif. - A homeless man was shot multiple times in Fallbrook after attacking a San Diego County Sheriff's deputy's vehicle with a baseball bat, authorities said.

The shooting happened near Reche and Ranger roads in Fallbrook, according to Sheriff Bill Gore. He tweeted at 5:16 a.m. that there was no danger to the community, but to avoid the area.

Sheriff's Lt. Rich Williams said the homeless man who is known in the area attacked a total of four people in the same area since Wednesday.

On Wednesday, a man walked up to a car and bashed a window with a baseball bat, sheriff’s officials said. The driver was able to escape and report the attack.

A day later, two drivers parked in the same area were attacked in a similar way. One of them was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

A deputy in an unmarked car was checking out the area Friday around 4:30 a.m. when a man attacked the vehicle with a bat, according to Williams. The deputy was forced to defend himself and shot the assailant multiple times, he said.

The unidentified homeless man was taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. The deputy was transported to a hospital to be treated for lacerations to his face, Williams said. Both men are expected to survive.