Inyo County Sheriff’s Office press release

At approximately 3:23AM on August 26, 2016 during routine patrol in the Bishop area, an Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy was flagged down on Winuba Lane by a female who reported that she was the victim of domestic violence.

Ray Bencoma

Ray Bencoma

The victim said that the suspect was Raymond Bencoma III; Bencoma (a 41-year old Bishop man) is a parolee and is known to law enforcement through his past violent crimes. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy requested back-up assistance; Bishop Police and CHP responded.

As the Deputy approached the home where Bencoma was reported to be staying, the suspect appeared from behind an out-building and pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the Sheriff’s Deputy.

The Deputy fired and struck the suspect. The suspect was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital for emergency treatment and was subsequently flown out. A loaded handgun was recovered at the scene.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with the Bishop Paiute Tribal Police, and both agencies are working together. The Inyo County Sheriff’ Office and Inyo County District Attorney’s Office are currently investigating the officer involved shooting.

“This incident is not representative of our County or our Community,” said Inyo County Undersheriff Jeff Hollowell. This sentiment was echoed by the Bishop Tribal Chairman, Deston Rogers: “This incident is unfortunate, but the safety of our Community is paramount.”

Additional information will be released as the investigation continues.

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