Chalfant man investigated in connection with “shots fired”

On the morning of Thursday, October 20, 2011, at approximately 6:50, Mono County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a call regarding possible gun shots fired on Valley Road in Chalfant.

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Kenneth Riggins

Mono County Sheriff’s deputies, along with California Highway Patrol, were dispatched to a residence on Valley Road in Chalfant with the report of a man yelling followed by the sound of multiple gun shots. When deputies arrived on scene, they observed a fire in a burn barrel actively burning in the back yard. Deputies made contact with Kenneth Wayne Riggins, age 37, of Chalfant. Mr. Riggins had placed live ammunition into an actively burning barrel causing the ammunition to be set off.

The ammunition was continually discharging while deputies were on scene causing a public safety issue. The rounds in the barrel were the “possible shots fired” that were heard. Mono County Code Enforcement, along with the Mono County Building Department, was called to the residence. The residence has been red tagged. Upon further investigation into this incident, it was determined that Mr. Riggins was under the influence of a controlled substance and was taken into custody and transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport. This incident is still under investigation with the Mono County Sheriff’s Department and the Mono County Building Department.

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Compassionate One
Compassionate One
11 years ago

Chalfant is one the most wonderful places to live. Good neighbors, great scenery, and beautiful big lots= priceless peace. Perhaps people are reacting to this incident with such judgement against the place and not the person is because it is so rare to hear about such things here.

Rob
Rob
11 years ago

There’s no comparing anywhere in Southern Calfornia to Chalfant. Chalfant has some beautiful views that can’t be found anywhere else. You can also find one of the best cheeseburgers around at TJ’s. One of the pleasures of living out in the middle of nowhere use to be not having to… Read more »

Eamon
Eamon
11 years ago

To me, Chalfant reminds of Watts, Compton, or East LA with mountains and a lot of blowing sand. Numerous residents are in GROSS code violations and the community has an inordinate number registered sex offenders. I’ve considered buying there but every time I’m there I just shudder at the thought… Read more »

JJ
JJ
11 years ago

I don’t support putting ammo in a fire pit, but I don’t think bullets fly around like missiles without being in a barrel of a gun. I would think they act more like a fire cracker???? Anybody know for sure?

John Barton
John Barton
11 years ago
Reply to  JJ

JJ- Firecracker? Yes and no. The energy of the bullet coming out of the casing would be highly diminished and therefore would not have as long of a range of travel. This is because much of the energy of the burning powder is expelled backward blowing the casing back and… Read more »

Bobbie Lee Swagger
Bobbie Lee Swagger
11 years ago
Reply to  JJ

“Anybody know for sure?”

No. And I don’t want to be around to find out.

chalfant resident
chalfant resident
11 years ago

I agree with sierragrl & Justin. I have lived in Chalfant for 8 years and this is the first time I have heard gunfire in the neighborhood, it was scary. But what I have experienced in Chalfant for the last 8 years has been great neighbors, peace & quiet, no… Read more »

sierragrl
sierragrl
11 years ago

I don’t think we should judge chalfant on the actions of one very stupid man. one of the benefits of chalfant is large lots and lots of space and privacy and the ability to live as one likes…this guy is just plain stupid, no if ands or buts….there’s stupid people… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
11 years ago
Reply to  sierragrl

stupid people in Mammoth?……….no way!!!!!!!!!

Big Rick O'Brien
Big Rick O'Brien
11 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, the GOOD people of Mammoth have no control over who decides to move to, or live there. Unfortunately, bad things happen to good people, everywhere. I seem to remember not too long ago where a man was nearly beaten to death in his own home in YOUR hometown of… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
11 years ago

I remember that beating incident in Lone Pine….a bunch of stupid drunken unemployed pothead kids playing tough guys….and ending up getting 5 years in State Prison…for trying to steal electronic equipment.Our town is much better off without them in it.Just too bad the victim of the beating didn’t hear them… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
11 years ago

Big Rick…..Your right….Mammoth got too big too quick…But I can remember a time back in the 80’s when people up there saw it coming…and could have done something about it…30 years ago….if they wanted to.But the “quiet little town in the mountains” isn’t what they wanted….they wanted the extra tourism,the… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
11 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Yup! Couldn’t agree more….

Big Rick O'Brien
Big Rick O'Brien
11 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

1000 % right Wayne. But I’ll bet you Aspen doesn’t have an 80% “illegal” problem, either.. My friends parents bought a place up there (Mammoth) in the 80’s to retire to & being a 30 yr. LEO, he saw the writing on the wall 10 years ago and said adios.… Read more »

Justin Case
Justin Case
11 years ago

The property in question is a 1 acre lot with 2 mobiles. 1 of these mobiles has had, and I use the term very lightly “additions”. I can guarantee that these do not meet any saftey codes in any way shape or form. Hence the red tag. Chalfant is really… Read more »

Terribone
Terribone
11 years ago

And apparently that’s also how you spell in Chalfant…

Eamon
Eamon
11 years ago

It’s Chalfant, is this seriously a surprise?

Bobbie Lee Swagger
Bobbie Lee Swagger
11 years ago

That’s how we role in Chalfant!

Big Rick O'Brien
Big Rick O'Brien
11 years ago

There is something missing from this story. What does the building dept. have to do with some moron throwing live ammo into a fire? Are we to assume that so many rounds went off that it weakened the structure to a point that it had to be red-tagged?