BPD officers face crowd-control issues after shots fired; two arrested

Bishop Police Department press release

At approximately 7:45 PM Monday night, Dispatch received a call of shots fired coming from an apartment located on the 300 block of E. Line St. Local law enforcement officers responded and set a block-wide perimeter. Credible information continued to flow in during the unified response.

The field investigation tended to reveal that at least two men had engaged in a heated discussion. One of them subsequently displayed and discharged a firearm. It appears no one was injured.

Two males associated with the identified apartment eventually cooperated with officers and were detained. No firearm was located and they were later released from the police department. The investigation is on-going.

A significant challenge officers faced was crowd control. The vast majority of citizens in the area willingly stayed back, recognizing the common sense in steering clear of an obviously active police emergency.

Others, unfortunately, chose to challenge the safety perimeter boundaries. In doing so, they pre-occupied officers who were needed to assist or supervise in the investigation and thus compromised the integrity of the crime scene. Two adults were arrested for obstructing and later released from the police department with a citation. Both apologized for their behavior during the interviews.

There were also a handful of citizens who were substantially misinformed about the law or were just there looking to agitate.

BPD would like to thank those who listened to officers or used common sense and stayed safely away. BPD would also like to remind citizens that law enforcement is charged with the responsibility of investigating reports of crime. But it cannot do so effectively when bombarded with nonsensical or unreasonable behavior from onlookers which in turn hurts the entire community.

If you have any information that may assist the investigation, please contact the Bishop Police Department at 760-873-5866 or stop by.

16 Responses to BPD officers face crowd-control issues after shots fired; two arrested

  1. Tex July 17, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    And we all can make side bets on whoos toughest

  2. Tex July 17, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    Bishop needs an MMA boxing ring, where tha perps can go and hash it out…

  3. Low-Inyo July 13, 2017 at 7:44 am #

    Sometimes,LE doesn’t want outside or civilian-help with things and doing their job…and think ICSO is kinda that way…not too much info released on things or asking too much civilian help for much…

  4. Bobbyjoe July 13, 2017 at 5:12 am #

    Crime is definitely on the rise in the Eastern Sierras. Murder, rape, attempted murder, gun violence, domestic violence, drug trafficking, high speed pursuits and on and on its goes…

  5. Mono Person July 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

    I have to say, it sounds like Inyo County (and Mammoth) are turning into a s- show. Commmunity members need to start standing up to these abuses, as well as law enforcement. LE can’t do it by themselves and community members need to assist them, not point fingers, or you guys are going to have a lot of trouble on on your hands. And not the “Trouble” that remarks here and there…

  6. Low-Inyo July 12, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    Christie…..sometimes “neighborhood watch” can be more bad than good….especially if it’s not asked for,wanted or initiated by Law Enforcement …living in Oregon a while back,saw a time or two….or three.. when a self-appointed “neighborhood watch commander” stepped way over his boundries and not only got himself in a lot of legal trouble,but got his butt kicked really bad one time,thinking he was Law Enforcement and governing what people can and can’t do do,where they can be and can’t be after dark ….neighborhood watch is to alert LE of a maybe problem,and that’s it…..not taking the law into their own hands like some of them sometimes try to do..

    • Tinner July 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

      Low boy, it’s all about education, LE will help. They help us and we help them, we need them and they need us.
      On occasion citizens do need to step up and take action if LE is not there.
      I have in the past, I got a “good job, thanks for your help from LE.”

    • Tex July 17, 2017 at 8:32 am #

      Neighborhood watch leaders are nuthin more than self apointmented Warlords in a soon to be post apocalyptic world…

  7. Christie McMillan July 12, 2017 at 10:35 am #

    First, “Thank You” to the BPD and citizens that adhered to the police barrier. We all get curious, but interference with police activity is dangerous for all of us, including the police and parties involved.

    Next, as residents, we need to do our part to prevent our communities from decline. I am not a life-long resident. My little family moved here in 2004. We love the Sierra and the good people that live here. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

    Posting comments and talking to each other about these problems only proves the problems exist. We need to stand together and plan ways to improve and protect our beloved communities. If we fail to take community action, our town will succumb to the same perils that plague bigger cities.

    Neighborhood Watch is an obvious choice. We need direction and cooperation from our police departments. Who is commiting the crimes? Are the vehicle break-ins by out-of-towners, homeless, adults, drug abusers or local youth? If its our youth, we can give them better things to do.

    Are you ready and willing to help our community?
    The conversation is started…

  8. BobM July 12, 2017 at 7:36 am #

    It does seem like Bishop is in moral decline

  9. Kyle Crowle July 12, 2017 at 6:50 am #

    Bishop has more Morons than Mammoth, mammoth aint got nuthin on Bishop hahaha lol

  10. Low-Inyo July 12, 2017 at 6:29 am #

    Is it just my thinking,or doesn’t it seem kinda stupid things and stupid people coming into and doing in the area up here ?….even some long-time locals too..in my little town,after the home invasion and shooting incident a couple months ago,now when going to bed at night keep the .40 loaded on the floor next to me…

    • Tex July 17, 2017 at 8:28 am #

      I got my little friend, his name is AR15, within reach at night when I go to bed

  11. KAR July 12, 2017 at 6:07 am #

    Would this have happened if there was a pot store in Bishop? Was there alcohol abuse involved here? Might be…..

  12. Tinner July 11, 2017 at 7:16 pm #


  13. Rick O'Brien July 11, 2017 at 6:24 pm #

    I’m sure there are plenty of well trained, honorably retired peace officers living in the immediate area, more than willing to step up & help. BPD needs more reserve officers.


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