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Old West Ranch shooting victim had lengthy rap sheet

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An unidentified Kern County Sheriff's deputy stands near the area where the body of an adult male was found early in the morning on Friday, Sept. 28. Photo by Matthew Martz, Tehachapi News

Little is known about a Tehachapi man who was gunned down and left to die on the side of a dirt roadway on Old West Ranch during the early morning hours last Friday.

Except that the victim, 45-year-old Larry Dale Reagan had a lengthy criminal history dating back eight years in Kern County.

According to the Kern County Superior Court records, Reagan had been arrested multiple times for being under the influence of a controlled substance, and in 2004 was sentenced to 16 months in Wasco State Prison for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Reagan more recently ran into trouble with the law when he was arrested on a DUI charge in Feb. 2011, before again being taken into custody on Jan. 7, 2012, for possession of a controlled substance.

He was currently out on $10,000 bail awaiting a jury trial scheduled in Kern County Superior Court in Bakersfield on Nov. 19.

However, it is still unclear why Reagan may have been targeted — or who shot him.

At about 4:57 a.m. September 28, Kern County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a victim of a shooting in the 17200 block of Summers Drive.

When deputies arrived, they found Reagan lying on a dirt roadway near his parked vehicle. He had been shot several times and was dead when deputies found him.

Reagan's body was located by individuals hunting in the area.

Detectives questioned area residents and were able to determine Reagan lived alone in the area where he was shot.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff's Department at 861-3110 or Secret Witness at 322-4040.

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