Bishop man arrested after shots fired

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office press release

At approximately 4:30pm Monday afternoon Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call regarding shots heard at “Youth with a Mission” apartment/hotel complex on North Sierra Highway (outside of the town of Bishop).


Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, along with Bishop Police Department, CHP, and Bishop Tribal Police responded. Bullet holes were discovered on an exterior door where the gunshots were heard.

Suspect Jason Howard, a 34-year old man from Bishop and resident of the complex, was detained and subsequently arrested for burglary, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition.

Bail was set at $100,000.

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29 Responses to Bishop man arrested after shots fired

  1. Low Inyo September 27, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    quaaaaaaaack…I think what it is,is that many of us moved here to get away from the crime,drugs and low-lifes in the bigger cities….and many kind of take exception to when we see it happening more and more around here…especially lately,or so it seems….instead of the little bummy-crimes where they steal from their “friends” and relatives for drugs and/or a way out of working,mooching and using their significant-other that stays with them no matter what,it seems to be branching out to drawing and shooting weapons,assaults,stealing from neighbors and strangers,and putting others in danger….and maybe worst of all,seemingly able to get away with it because of a weak court system that keeps kicking them back out onto the streets over and over again….there was a day not a whole long time ago that type would be escorted out of the county and “asked” not to come back.

  2. Low Inyo September 24, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

    Well,good news for you Bishop residents……looks like this guy is already out and about,back in town and on the streets again,as of September 20th…according to his ranting post on the Inyo County Sheriffs facebook page…from what I could understand,blaming everyone but himself for what happened here….and looks like,if I can understand what he’s trying to say with his post,wouldn’t surprise me a planned lawsuit against LE and Inyo County for what “they illegally put him through “……WHAT A COUNTRY !!…be a felon,shoot a firearm into an occupied building,a burglary charge along with a felon with a firearm and ammo….and not only be back on the streets in less than a week,but probably a lawsuit against Law Enforcement and the county for what “they did to him “….geeez,another one…ugh !!!….

    • Low Inyo September 25, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

      ….Bishop residents…..never least for a few hours..he’s back in jail again,as of Saturday morning…..this time,an (alleged) domestic violence charge.

      • Not surprised September 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

        What an outrage! This loser should be on his way back to prison, not let out to roam the streets. What the hell is going on here? If this keeps up, one of these days us citizens won’t have a choice but to turn to vigilantism.

        • quaaaaaaack September 26, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

          The countdown for the lynch mob gets shorter every day. Yay residents of Inyo County for your willingness to take matters into your own hands. you’re the real heroes here.

          Do the people who write the letters about these things spend all day watching old Clint Eastwood movies and thinking it’s the news?

          Your rhetoric is dangerous, foolhardy and should probably be filtered from the forum . . . the only advantage to letting you lynchers spew is to highlight the recklessness of your ideas.

          • Wondering September 27, 2016 at 9:45 am #

            @ quaaaaaaack-I’m ready for the “bad guys” to get what’s coming and for the “good guys” to be safe and free of harms way. End of story.

  3. Low Inyo September 19, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

    Mary….I have to think there must be more to the incident than you are stating,saying” he was attacked in his own front yard by a meth-addict and defended himself “….if someone comes onto your property and assaults you,and you happen to get the best of the brawl,I’ve never heard of the homeowner getting charged and going to prison for defending himself and his property…unless it maybe involved illegal activity taking place at the time and/or going way overboard with his actions…just don’t happen.I’m seriously doubting this guy was sitting at home,heard some noise outside,confronted an intruder in his yard,beat him up with his fists,and then got arrested,convicted,and sent to prison because the meth-addict intruder pressed charges on him…

    • Wondering September 27, 2016 at 9:43 am #

      @low Inyo…it happens if you are his family member or close friend and believe very word the addict states. (insert sarcasm here)

  4. Mary Celeste September 18, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    That’s not a “prison issued tattoo”. But thanks for the stereotype. Also, your improper use of the apostrophe leaves you open for some lovely stereotypes. Perhaps we should open a forum on that?! Seems just, given what goes on in places like this every day.
    Unfortunately, yes, he was in prison before. Does anybody REALLY know why? No? Of course not. Public record only shows the charge. It was a bogus charge. He was attacked in his own front yard by a meth addict and defended himself. The addict pressed charges because the attack didn’t end in his own favor.
    NOBODY deserves to be publicly lambasted by people who don’t know the first thing about them. Especially judging someone by a photo and some charges without first hearing the details of a case. You “Americans” should be ashamed. Aren’t we a country that lives by “innocent until proven guilty”?!
    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

    • quaaaaaaack September 19, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

      The good news appears to be that if you want to get a good old-fashioned lynch mob assembled, this seems to be a good place to do it. But it’s probably more fun and safer to just shoot first.

  5. Trouble September 17, 2016 at 5:02 am #

    Lower, this place this happen at was a motel before they purchased it. I’ve never seen any sign of it being converted .

  6. Tinner September 14, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    My evaluation of this moron was confirmed after checking his FB page.
    SOME of his employers’ patrons seem to provide Bishops legal system job security, the security guys there should receive hazardous duty pay and bullet proof vests.
    Alcohol and drugs will end you, kids, stay away from them if you love your freedom.

    • Low Inyo September 14, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

      I hear ya,Tinner…..looks like a guy I’d want my kids around if I had them attending Church services and outreach programs,helping to show them the right road to travel….

  7. Lorijellybean September 14, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    ::Mouth agape::

    Okay, I’d like to know how a felon gets his hands on a firearm in this state with it’s severely strict gun and ammo laws? (Ironically proving that only criminals will end up with guns no matter how many laws you make.)
    Also, is it the same “Youth With A Mission” that I knew from going to church as a kid/teen?

    • Tinner September 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

      Lorijellybean, only law abiding citizens obey increased gun laws, not everyone understands that.

    • Paco September 17, 2016 at 5:20 am #

      “Ironically proving that only criminals will end up with guns no matter how many laws you make.”

      So what is your solution? No gun laws?

      Or how about we enforce the existing gun laws? Or maybe rescind the law Congress passed 40 years ago (under pressure from the NRA) that prevents the federal government from keeping gun registrations on computers so that they can be searched by law enforcement? (Yes, all federal government gun records are keep on paper or microfilm ONLY because the NRA doesn’t want cops catching criminals by tracing the guns they use.)

      • Lorijellybean September 19, 2016 at 7:23 am #

        @ Paco, I never said I had a solution, but I think we could dial back on some of these laws like ammo limits, and registering every time ammo is purchased for starters.
        You ask, “Why not enforce the existing laws we already have?”
        That’s a great idea! Okay, let’s enforce that robbery, murder, rape, and kidnapping are illegal!
        See, somewhere down the line criminals still will obtain weapons no matter what and they don’t care about our laws. Restricting law-abiding people is NOT an answer nor a solution. It’s insanity, and one with a persistent delusion that tough gun laws (restricting law-abiding people) will stop crimes and criminals from having guns.
        Incidentally, I’m not an NRA member. I’m just a law-abiding citizen who is also female who is interested in defending herself. And I’m just tired of the insanity of this on-going debate as I lose more and more of my freedom to protect myself from people who would do me harm.

        • quaaaaaaack September 19, 2016 at 9:19 am #

          LJB: You seem to think there are two sets of people, or gun-owners: the law-abiding, and the law-breaking. You don’t seem to consider that these are neither permanent states of being, nor mutually exclusive. And a quick look at George Zimmerman will tell you that the concept of ‘self-protection’ is another moving target (so to speak). Having a gun, in some cases, renders weak-minded, paranoid, bigoted judgments fatal. Was Zimmerman a law-abiding citizen? Was the man he shot? Are all crimes as perceived by gun-toters now capital crimes?

          You represent yourself as an absolutist, or one incapable of making even gross distinctions, let alone fine ones . . . so please elaborate: what have you found yourself in need of armed defense from in the past week, month, or 50 years? Where are the threats you need lethal force to defend yourself against? What keeps you on that narrow, righteous path of law-abidingness, and what gives you the right to declare martial law on those you perceive as less worthy than yourself?

          • Tinner September 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

            quaaaaaaack, don’t worry about something until it happens, is that what you’re saying? You gotta be kidding me. That’s like hiking through the PCT and not consider taking a water filter until you get thirsty.
            Everyone has the right to defend themselves or even be prepared to. Law enforcement cannot and will not always be there for everyone every time.
            Plan for the worst and hope for the best is the key to survival.

          • Lorijellybean September 19, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

            @ quaaaaaaack whaddya you squawking about? You know, you asked a very personal question that if we were face to face I would tell you it was none of your business why I feel I need a firearm.
            I’ve been beaten, raped, robbed, and my life threatened in my past merely because I was a weak target. Why do I feel I need a firearm? Because peeing my pants wouldn’t have stopped any of those events.
            And save your weird, incorrect, pompous arm-chair-pop-political-psychology for whoever it impresses. All it does for me is give me a headache.
            Thank you, drive thru.

    • Low Inyo September 17, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

      Lorijellybean….There’s not a person in the U.S.of A.,or Inyo County, that couldn’t purchase a pistol ,legally or illegally,in 2 hours if they wanted to…but that doesn’t mean we should all bow down to the NRA and say they are right about gun restrictions not being the answer….if anyone wants to put fault,let’s blame the court system…10 to 1 this guy here,a felon,has been caught with a firearm before….and the other guy a while back,I don’t even want to mention his name,the one people defend and say LE is “picking on him”,he was caught assaulting and SHOOTING a weapon a few months back…before he was pointing a loaded pistol at the Sheriffs…another felon,but after the February incident,there he was back on the streets in August..again with a loaded pistol ..IMO,the answer to it might be if your a felon and caught with a firearm,how about locking them up,minimum 2 years,instead of the slap-on-the-wrist they get….that would make the felons out looking for trouble think long and hard about going on their escapades with a firearm….they’ll still be out raising havoc,but maybe making it safer for the public,and certainly safer for Law Enforcement when they get called out to apprehend them…..again and again….

      • Lorijellybean September 19, 2016 at 7:32 am #

        @ Low Inyo you said:
        “There’s not a person in the U.S.of A.,or Inyo County, that couldn’t purchase a pistol ,legally or illegally,in 2 hours”
        That would and could only be true if they were obtaining a handgun ILLEGALLY. The law says there’s a 10 day waiting period and a criminal background check. If there’s an FFL breaking that law, then guess what? They are a criminal and should lose their license.

        • Low Inyo September 19, 2016 at 9:36 am #

          Lorijellybean….plenty of ways to get a pistol or firearm without the waiting period….you don’t think the FFL can get around that ?…..who’s going to turn them in…the guy or girl buying the firearm….another way…facebook and the social network…happens right here in Inyo County,with the “promise” of the purchaser to legally register..and a few months ago, the investigative show on T.V…Dateline…hired an ex-FELON,with Law Enforcement co-operation at the scene,to attend a CALIFORNIA gun show,go inside and come out within minutes with a pistol and a long gun…..maybe I shouldn’t have said “purchase legally in 2 hours”….but in most cases,it’s the FFL breaking the law….money talks….if I were to purchase a pistol without a waiting period,which I could do in 2 hours,the one breaking the law would be the FFL….the purchaser could claim ignorance to the law…maybe lose the firearm,but I doubt any kind of charges against him.

          • Lorijellybean September 19, 2016 at 5:42 pm #

            @ Low Inyo
            If you are so sure this is the case, why aren’t you notifying law enforcement? Or are you literally theorizing this happens (AKA fantasy). Because if you know this is actually taking place somewhere, it’s YOUR duty to report this right away to law enforcement. As I said before, you are describing a crime.

  8. Rick O'Brien September 13, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

    Prison issue neck tattoo’s…never been a big fan. This piece of dirt belongs in LA, not in Bishop.

  9. Low Inyo September 13, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

    So the “Youth with a Mission ” is a facility and organization that promotes GOD’s word and his work…..and by title alone,I’m sure activities and probably outings for young people helping to put them on the right path….so what’s a 34 year old felon with a firearm doing living and maybe working there on the premises doing there ?… this ANOTHER one of these stories to where this man…..not youth…..not child……MAN….is trying to change his life around ,without much supervision,not only allowed to have a weapon on property,but firing it into the buildings ?..

  10. Tinner September 13, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    Its guys like this who make it difficult for employers to hire convicted felons giving somebody that 2nd chance in life that we all deserve. Good for us non felons seeking employment, I guess.
    This guy will be spending some serious time behind bars and rightly so, the city of Bishop is a little safer today.

  11. Trouble September 13, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

    Sounds like he is going to find out all about our growing gun control laws. He should be a expert by the time he gets out, agian.

  12. p ite September 13, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

    america may want to redifine the definition of freedom.


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