Man arrested in Mono County on multiple felonies after standoff

Press release

In the early afternoon of Thursday, February 25, 2016, Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Adobe Ranch Road, south of Highway 120 East, to investigate a report of a squatter in a vacant cabin.

William Ward

William Ward

The suspect, later identified as William Ward, broke into the property and illegally took up residence.

A deputy spotted Mr. Ward driving an older sport utility vehicle toward him on a narrow dirt road. As the truck approached, the deputy blocked the road with his patrol vehicle and turned on his light bar.

Mr. Ward accelerated his truck and rammed the patrol vehicle. Fortunately, the deputy was able to get out of his truck prior to the impact. Mr. Ward reversed his truck and retreated toward the cabin.

Two deputies and a sergeant gave chase, eventually returning to the cabin.

Mr. Ward took refuge in the cabin, and the pursuing deputies took positions of cover and ordered him to surrender.

A request was made for additional resources, and law enforcement officers from throughout Mono and Inyo Counties, along with support from medics and CalTrans, immediately deployed to the scene.

Meanwhile, Mono County Dispatch researched Mr. Ward’s criminal history. Mr. Ward had felony convictions for weapons-related offenses and had been incarcerated in state prison twice for those offenses.

As the afternoon grew into evening, Mr. Ward exited the cabin, armed with a rifle, and fired in the direction of law enforcement, shouting that they would have to kill him.

Mr. Ward barricaded himself in the cabin, and it was clear he had no intention of ending the stand-off peacefully. A coordinated plan was put into place to
diminish Mr. Ward’s capabilities, while allowing responding personnel to safely take him into custody.

Tear gas was deployed into the cabin, and team entered the cabin. Although Mr. Ward was still armed and fought being arrested, the team successfully disarmed him and took him down without significant injury.

Medics were standing by and treated Mr. Ward for exposure to tear gas. No responding personnel suffered injury during this incident.

Many thanks to the responding personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Inyo
County Sheriff’s Office, Bishop Police Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, United States Forest Service, California State Parks, California Department of Transportation, Mono County Paramedics, and, of course, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office.

Booking Charges for William Ward:
69 Penal Code: Felony – Resisting / Obstructing a Peace Officer
245 Penal Code: Felony – Assault with a Deadly Weapon
417.8 Penal Code: Felony – Exhibit a Firearm to Resist Arrest
459 Penal Code: Felony – Burglary
2800.2(a) Vehicle Code: Felony – Evading a Peace Officer

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Bobby joe
Bobby joe
6 years ago

Seems more and more dangerous people coming to both Into and Mono Counties.

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago
Reply to  Bobby joe

Bobby joe…..but the good thing is,they usually don’t last too long.

MammothResident
MammothResident
6 years ago

It really sounds like the officers did everything they could to deescalate the situation without using unnecessary force. I have a lot of respect for the Sheriff’s department and all the emergency personnel for how they handled this very dangerous and difficult situation. After seeing reports of excessive force/police brutality… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago

Taco…..If the laws work,no problems…..but they don’t….I recently watched a “Dateline” on T.V.,where they hired an ex-felon,with police presence on site, wearing a camera and giving him money,to go into a gun show and try to purchase firearms….the seller sold the ex-felon a rifle and a pistol,he came out to,dropped… Read more »

spookerj
spookerj
6 years ago

Ban older SUV’s. Used as weapons too many times…

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
6 years ago

Bad guy in custody. No one hurt. Well done.

Thank you.

Curious
Curious
6 years ago

Props to responding officers for using tactics that included self-restraint. Mr. Ward is fortunate to still be among the living, IMHO.

Taco
Taco
6 years ago
Reply to  Curious

Too bad that I as a tax payer will have to be funding him the rest of his life….

Trouble
Trouble
6 years ago
Reply to  Taco

If he shot at a police officer he deserves many years in jail. I’m not a fan of jail, except for the truly violent and dangerous. Does that answer your question lower inyo?

curious
curious
6 years ago
Reply to  Taco

Taco, post an address and I’ll refund your I as a taxpayer tax burden for Mr. Wards care, which would most likely be about a dime for your share.

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago

Hey Trouble !!….Is this someone you feel should be able to keep and bear arms and/or possess a CCW ?….if so,I hope the next vacant house he moves himself into is nextdoor to where you live.

Tinner
Tinner
6 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

Convicted felons are not permitted to posses firearms.

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago
Reply to  Tinner

tinner….they’re not “supposed” to posses firearms…..something tells me this guy was probably a convicted felon long before this incident…..and he had one…..maybe he can’t legally purchase one,but a firearm for anyone is a mouse-click away….long gun or pistol.

Taco
Taco
6 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

Low-Inyo

By all means back that last sentence up. how can anyone get a firearm just a mouse click away. I know your just dinking from the anti gun Kool-Aid but since you stated it you need to back it up. “If you can”

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago
Reply to  Taco

Taco….I’m far from anti-gun….I have guns,and had a CCW for 10 years living in Oregon..I’m anti-gun only when stupid people can easily get them…and when stupid people think ANYONE should be able to buy and own them….and I can easily “back-up” that last sentence,as you request….go to the “for sale… Read more »

Really???
Really???
6 years ago
Reply to  Taco

Low-Inyo. Being s gun owner would you be dumb enough to sell a gun without going through an FFL? I know I sure as hell wouldn’t. Why would I want to risk selling a gun private party and leave the liability open for myself to still be the registered owner… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago
Reply to  Taco

Really ????….Since I don’t buy or sell guns on-line,at gun shows or through the want ads,I don’t really know much about an FFL in California…..but from what I see,that sounds like more for gun dealers and not private party sales……and if I were selling,I would want some type of release… Read more »

TACO
TACO
6 years ago
Reply to  Taco

Low-Inyo, You obviously have no clue how Private Party transfers are done in California, let me educate you so your no longer ignorant on the process. 1. You find a buyer. 2. Buyer most posses a Handgun Saftey Certificate ( you must take a test to get it) or California… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
6 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

Low-Inyo, the article reads: “Mr. Ward had felony convictions for weapons-related offenses and had been incarcerated in state prison twice for those offenses.” And you stated something tells me… Criminals and convicted felons won’t always obey our laws and they won’t always choose abandoned cabin’s and the cops can’t always… Read more »

Rick OB
Rick OB
6 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

Hey Low-boy…I thought you were PRO 2nd ammendment, what happened ? I can remember more than once where you stated you were armed and glad of it. Guns are for responsible , level-headed people who want to protect themselves from morons like this guy. He probably STOLE the gun he… Read more »

leondame
leondame
6 years ago

Good Job, sounds as this one could have ended more tragically.