Bishop Police release decedent name in Wye Road Shell Shooting January 6

Bishop Police Department provided this Supplemental Release # 2 on the decedent from the January 6 incident:

Earlier this week a forensic examination was completed in Orange County on the decedent. A BPD Detective and a District Attorney Investigator were present as a matter of routine. The findings were consistent with what was presented to BPD during the early stages of the investigation. The decedent was subsequently positively identified as William Harold Blankenship, 55 years of age, from Kern County.

Decedent Blankenship had a long history of criminal involvement. Charges and convictions are a matter of public record and, in this instance, show a pattern of violent crime. He had been placed on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) but soon thereafter absconded and an arrest warrant was issued.

BPD continues to investigate striving to be objective, thorough, and complete while keeping the public informed as much as reasonably possible. To avoid unintentionally hindering our investigation, we are respectfully requesting that responses to our social media updates remain appropriate. We are also discouraging self-initiated sleuthing and postings as doing so could also unintentionally cause harm to those still investigating. All inquiries and tips should be directed only to BPD

We thank Bishop Police for their updates.

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Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
2 years ago

What is the prognosis of the “Good Guy with a gun” ? Hope for a swift recovery and a medal for his actions . The world is a better place thanks to you.

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago

janet….if your refering to the woman that was involved in this incident as someone that had to “endure” and was “forced by this man” to do anything,we really don’t know if that was the case…she might have been a willing participant to this crime and others in their possible life… Read more »

janet
janet
2 years ago

Nobody knows what she endured being forced by that man, he is a convicted murderer and a member of a very influential group. He was a psycho. I would like to thank the victim in this case…..

Old Timer
Old Timer
2 years ago
Reply to  janet

Hey Janet, The chick has a tattoo on her neck. Have you heard the old saying “if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck…. its a duck”. She ran away after her old man got shot, why didn’t she run towards help (cops)? Innocent… Read more »

Patricia Joan Warren-Curry
Patricia Joan Warren-Curry
2 years ago
Reply to  janet

If you weren’t there , it’s pretty safe to say you have know idea what you are talking about.

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago

Gosh,and here we were all believing that one post that earlier stated this guy was a fine upstanding citizen,a good man on the right side of the law that had been “led astray” by the female companion,leading up to the confrontation..

vaguelynoble
vaguelynoble
2 years ago

“To avoid unintentionally hindering our investigation, we are respectfully requesting that responses to our social media updates remain appropriate. We are also discouraging self-initiated sleuthing and postings as doing so could also unintentionally cause harm to those still investigating.” No government agency in America should ever find itself penning such… Read more »

Stevie
Stevie
2 years ago

How did these felons get guns. If only we had more laws to prevent this. The good guy has to get a permit to defend himself with a gun in public.

Janet
Janet
2 years ago

Really appreciate your ongoing communications with the community