PIRU : Deputy Gets Hurt Breaking Up Fight

A Ventura County sheriff's deputy suffered a broken nose when he tried to break up a fight in Piru, investigators said.

Deputy Arthur Bielz was treated Sunday at Santa Paula Memorial Hospital for a broken nose and scratches to his face.

Salvador Ibarra, 32, was being held in the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of battery of a police officer, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest, said Sheriff's Sgt. Bruce Watlington.

Lt. Gary Backman gave this account:

Bielz and Deputy Richard Barrios tried to break up a fight between Ibarra and another man in Warring Park at Orchard and Center streets about 7:30 p.m. Ibarra started fighting with Bielz, and two other men, Rudolfo Orozco, 23, and Vasquez Villanueva, 26, both of Fillmore, joined the fracas.

After squelching the fight, deputies searched Orozco's car and found a .25-caliber automatic pistol hidden under the seat, Backman said.

Orozco, who was released on bail Monday after being held on suspicion of resisting arrest and carrying and concealing a weapon.

Villanueva, whose bail was set at $500, remains in the County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest.

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