DEPUTY FORCED TO SHOOT LOCAL BISHOP RESIDENT
Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy Rueben Bradley could be back on duty in the near future. Bradley, the deputy involved in the August 26th shooting of local resident Raymond Bencoma III, has been placed on Administrative leave pending an investigation regarding the incident. As in any officer involved shooting case, there are 3 investigations going on simultaneously. First, the Inyo County Sheriff’s office must investigate the underlying crimes that lead to Deputy Bradley being involved, in this case a domestic violence charge and a possible assault on a peace officer charge will be filed against Mr. Bencoma. Second, the Inyo County Sheriffs Office will conduct a confidential internal affairs investigation to determine if departmental policies in regard to the shooting were followed. Thirdly, the District Attorney, Tom Hardy’s office, will independently conduct an investigation which is currently on going too determine if any criminal charges should be sought against Deputy Bradley.
It is assumed that these investigations will take several weeks, however early investigating indicates that Deputy Bradley acted lawfully in using force.
The determination regarding Mr. Bencoma’s ability to proceed in court is basically in the hands of his physicians at this point. He has been arrested and is in custody, and when he is medically able, he will be arraigned on the charges. Comments on his medical condition are not being made at this time, but as of now, his physicians did not believe that he could safely be taken to court.
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