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

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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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