Armed Bishop parolee Bencoma shot by Inyo deputy

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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Donna Lassey
Donna Lassey
4 years ago

is this the guy they used to call snuffleuupagus?

Trouble
Trouble
5 years ago

I’ll give you that Stoopid. It does bother me that most of what the original press release states is now being denied by the sheriff dept. But I still have little sympathy for this guy.

K.N
K.N
5 years ago

Cause everything you read in the media is true, right?!?!

stoopid
stoopid
5 years ago

has anyone read the sheet news on this story? turns out they were not on routune patrol, thet were not flagged down, there was no DV, and their camwras were off. how conveinant for LE. now what smart ones.

Secret Weapon
Secret Weapon
5 years ago
Reply to  stoopid

For those of us who haven’t been in trouble with the law, the story makes perfect sense actually. Lays out how the shooting was justified by the deputy. Tribal members have complained repeatedly the sheriff ain’t responding fast enough to calls on the res. So now that a call gets… Read more »

stoopid
stoopid
5 years ago

Any rational, normal thought proccessing person would realize that a person who is under the infuence, who was in a car that had just gone off a cliff and into a river in the middle of the night, and who suffered moderate injuries, probably is not capable of making sound… Read more »

Beth Dumas
Beth Dumas
5 years ago

Raymond Bancoma is a monster and got what he deserved!!!

Low Inyo
Low Inyo
5 years ago

Hey stoopid….If your making these stoopid comments to see how many “thumbs down ” your gonna get,shame on you….if your not,and actually thinking the way your posting,are you trying to blame the 13 year old VICTIM because she happened to be out at night and therefore responsible for her own… Read more »

Old yeller
Old yeller
5 years ago

Stoopid…he hit a woman…stoopid…he pointed a gun at a cop…….stoopid……. he got what he deserved. & …like you….too, stoopid.
Stoopid..is..when you point a gun at a cop and expect a hug.

stoopid
stoopid
5 years ago

I appologize to the Bone family and mean no disrespect. If my numbers are wrong, i am sorry it was a long time ago. I understand that their are hard feelings for him, i wouldnt wish the loss of a child on anyone. I maintain my beleif that ray was… Read more »

Piner
Piner
5 years ago
Reply to  stoopid

Another Stoopid comment. You completely blamed the victim. It doesn’t matter what time of day it happened. It doesn’t matter why she needed a ride. He is responsible for her death and he is a monster.

stoopid
stoopid
5 years ago

Accidents happen. People make mistakes. All people. A car accident is not malicious or intentional. I am not defending his actions. Several factors contributed to the tragic accident, not Bencomas actions alone. No parent should ever have to bury their child. Unfortunatly, it happens. She got into the car at… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
5 years ago
Reply to  stoopid

Evading police is not an accident, it IS intentional.
“It happens”? Really, that’s what you’re going with, “it happens”?
“It is all in the past.” Not for Kara Bone.

Judith Johncox
Judith Johncox
5 years ago
Reply to  stoopid

No, Stoopid, The shooting was a result of his own actions. Hardly anyone but those who loved Kristina even remembered his actions that horrible night which resulted in that child’s death. Most people on this conversation did not remember it or had ever heard of it. I doubt if the… Read more »

Piner
Piner
5 years ago
Reply to  stoopid

The reason for the shooting is pointing a loaded gun at a law enforcement officer. That sounds stoopid to me.

Old yeller
Old yeller
5 years ago

Not of its the same judge that KEEPS LETTING THESE GUYS OUT !

SARDUDE
SARDUDE
5 years ago
Reply to  Old yeller

Or DA

Bisop local
Bisop local
5 years ago

He was also arrested years ago for breaking into an ex-girlfriend, mother of his child’s house and cutting her with a knife! Absolutely unbelievable that this violent criminal was even on the streets to beat on yet another woman! Looking like he’s going to survive this and hope he’s locked… Read more »

Low Inyo
Low Inyo
5 years ago
Reply to  Bisop local

…UNBELIEVABLE what I’m seeing,hearing and reading about this guys past criminal history…and even more unbelievable is how our court system has handled his years and years of law breaking…and on top of that,unbelievable some of the excuses and blaming others are making for his actions and behavior…..you bet what he… Read more »

John
John
5 years ago

Where is the link to the Kristina Bone incident? Did Bencoma serve any time for this cowardly act, causing an innocent girl to lose her life…

Wally Mayfield
Wally Mayfield
5 years ago

Can we start a gofundme account to give the deputies more ammo and time at the gun range??

Kara L Bone
Kara L Bone
5 years ago

You know I’m sorry but making excuses for Ray his whole life is exactly why he is the coward that he is today and was 20 years ago so if I was his family I would stop and make him finally own up to his actions quit blaming the police… Read more »

stoopid
stoopid
5 years ago

Shame on all of you for bringing this up. The accident that occurred 20yrs ago, was just that. An accident. He did not intentionally kill anyone. I always wondered why law enforcement TRAINED to respond to all kinds of situations, would engage in a high speed chase, givin the circumbstances.… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
5 years ago
Reply to  stoopid

…what Kara said.

Kara L Bone
Kara L Bone
5 years ago
Reply to  stoopid

Get your facts straight he got sentenced to four years served 2

Kara L Bone
Kara L Bone
5 years ago

He didn’t over correct raymond turned his head lights off to try and out run police when he went off the cliff and ended up in river he not only tryed to run but put his hand over my sister’s friends mouth so she couldn’t yell out for help when… Read more »

K.N
K.N
5 years ago
Reply to  Kara L Bone

I apologize for the misunderstandings of the incident! But yes, he could have helped her out of that car! Did he go to prison for that Kara?

Kara L Bone
Kara L Bone
5 years ago
Reply to  K.N

Yes 2 years for our early

Silver Spurs
Silver Spurs
5 years ago

I just love stories with a happy ending.

Tracy
Tracy
5 years ago

RIP KRISTINA ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU GIRL…..

Low Inyo
Low Inyo
5 years ago
Reply to  Tracy

Tracy….Is there a link to the incident involving Kristina Bone ?…curious what happened.

K.N
K.N
5 years ago
Reply to  Low Inyo

Ray was driving a car that Kristina was a passenger In when he over corrected and crashed into the canal (I think). He took off and left her to drown. She was a sweet soul of a child and deserved more then to be left like trash like he has… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
5 years ago
Reply to  K.N

That’s the most cowardly thing I have ever heard of. Especially for a man. Hate is a awful thing , but I could never forgive a person for that.
I’m not a big fan of the way our justice system works, but this guys doesn’t deserve any sympathy.

Low Inyo
Low Inyo
5 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

…trouble….after reading the circumstances on the Kristina Bone death,I’m 100 % in agreement with you on this one….again,I have to ask….how did the court system handle it 20 years ago ?….how many other crimes has he committed since then ?…..after the assault and ANOTHER domestic abuse charge back in February… Read more »

Judith Johncox
Judith Johncox
5 years ago
Reply to  K.N

Actually, he was being chased by the sheriff on Chalk Bluff Road and went off the cliff there into the Owens River.

Low Inyo
Low Inyo
5 years ago

..Doesn’t California have a “three-strike” law ?…..it sometimes seems,as with this one,it must be more like a “twenty-strike” law….

Wally Mayfield
Wally Mayfield
5 years ago
Reply to  Low Inyo

cry babys on the left said it was too harsh.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
5 years ago
Reply to  Wally Mayfield

@Wally M,
You might want to look a little deeper. There were a number of prominent conservatives and top law enforcement folks who publicly supported the the modifications to the 3 strikes law with prop 36.

Wally Mayfield
Wally Mayfield
5 years ago

link?

Judith Johncox
Judith Johncox
5 years ago

I am glad this man has FINALlY gotten a portion of justice. He’s responsible for the death of my young granddaughter Kristina Bone. I wish he could get TOTAL justice. A man with no remorse who never changed.

Trouble
Trouble
5 years ago
Reply to  Judith Johncox

May I ask what happened to Kristina?

Rebekah Bone
Rebekah Bone
5 years ago

This is the man who took our Kristina from us we hoped he would change his life and do better for man kind but as we read not to long ago he did the same thing and now hopefully the justice system gets it right he needs to be locked… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
5 years ago

This bad guy needs help and maybe getting shot by LE is just the start, I too have seen him on the Sheriffs Dept RIMS website on numerous occasions as well. I’m glad nobody else was injured and I hope the deputy doesn’t lose too much sleep because we need… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
5 years ago

I believe there is another person with the same last name that people are confusing their past history here with. I googled it.

Low Inyo
Low Inyo
5 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble….yep….and he amazingly looks exactly the same as this guy..and on another site,ALREADY talk of a lawsuit being brought on by the family coming against the ICSO…….how surprising…

Trouble
Trouble
5 years ago
Reply to  Low Inyo

Low, I didn’t mean to judge , criticize or offend anyone one this topic.

Paridisian
Paridisian
5 years ago
Reply to  bob

I miss Benett’s commentary, always the voice of reason.

taya
taya
5 years ago

so glad that all LE are ok physically…the shooting deputy will most likely have nightmare for a long time. When someone chooses to point a gun at a police officer they have just sealed their own fate, if this guy lives he’ll be lucky and hopefully be jailed for a… Read more »

Margo ortiz
Margo ortiz
5 years ago
Reply to  taya

Such a cold heart we the family of Ray pray for you and remember we don’t need your pitty we have the truth just because the media says he pointed a gun does not make it true after internal affairs and bureau of Indian affairs finishes investigation and clears this… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
5 years ago
Reply to  Margo ortiz

It’s not the media, these are press releases given to the media, by the Sheriff dept. Call the media and tell them what you know. I’m sure they would love to print your story.

NoKidding
NoKidding
5 years ago
Reply to  Margo ortiz

Margo Ortiz— how do you KNOW he was falsely accused of domestic violence? The fact is, he has a past history of that same crime. He has a past history of a lot of crimes. He must have been doing something he knew was wrong otherwise, why hide from the… Read more »

Old yeller
Old yeller
5 years ago
Reply to  Margo ortiz

And just because you say…it is not true…does not make it fictional…did you see the ENTIRE incident? No…then sit down… and we’ll shut it.

Vengeance
Vengeance
5 years ago
Reply to  Margo ortiz

No I’m sure he’s innocent in every crime he’s ever committed. He’s an outstanding member of society. Haha I wonder who handles his investments? PLEASE! I just threw up in my mouth because your comment made me sick! This douche has been terrorizing people for too long. I pray that… Read more »

Secret Weapon
Secret Weapon
5 years ago
Reply to  Margo ortiz

Margo Ortiz, you seem ignorant about the law where the tribe is concerned. California is a PL 280 state, where the county sheriff and CHP have criminal jurisdiction on the reservation. The BIA has no authority in law enforcement here. The latest story from The Sheet in Mammoth demonstrated that… Read more »

Local forever
Local forever
5 years ago

Law enforcement is a hard enough profession, without the threat of losing one’s life. And yet, each day, here and across out country, the outstanding law enforcement officer’s go to work, protecting and serving, you and I. Thank you, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Bishop Police Department, California Highway Patrol. I… Read more »

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
5 years ago
Reply to  Local forever

Not to take anything away from the deputy, he did a great job. I doubt he will have any nightmares, it was him or the bad guy, and the good guy won. But law enforcement isn’t even in the top 10 most dangerous jobs. Loggers, crab fisherman , pilots ,roofers,… Read more »

Mono Person
Mono Person
5 years ago
Reply to  Local forever

Who would leave a “dislike” to what you posted? Amazing….

Not surprised
Not surprised
5 years ago

This guy Bencoma has been nothing but trouble for years. With his criminal past, he should have never been out on the streets. We need much tougher sentencing for these worthless repeat convicts.

Timmy
Timmy
5 years ago

This guy was trouble! I hope the lawman can now keep his life together.

Wally Mayfield
Wally Mayfield
5 years ago
Reply to  Timmy

why wouldn’t he?? he was doing his job..this wouldn’t be a life changing event..

Low Inyo
Low Inyo
5 years ago

This guy is on the Inyo County Sheriff citizen RIMS page (due to his incidents and arrests ) I feel like I know the guy….maybe this time he’ll get more than a slap on the wrist from our court system….BEFORE he kills some innocent person…..some people just don’t belong walking… Read more »

Kara L Bone
Kara L Bone
5 years ago
Reply to  Low Inyo

He already had killed an innocent victim a 13 year old girl named Kristina Bone my sister she would have been 34 this December finally I can live the rest of my life not hating him glad the bishop pd finally got rid of this scum bag

SARDUDE
SARDUDE
5 years ago
Reply to  Low Inyo

Two Inyo County Juries have let him walk already. I hope they recognize him.

I LOVE IT
I LOVE IT
5 years ago

Best News I have heard and read all week!!! Glad no LE’s were injured.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
5 years ago
Reply to  I LOVE IT

Best news? Really? I’m also very glad to hear that none of our local law enforcement officers were injured in this confrontation. But’s it’s never good news hearing that a situation escalated to the use of deadly force. Unfortunate for everyone involved.