Shots rang out in Chalfant Valley early Thursday morning and law enforcement raced to the scene, but those shots weren’t being fired from a gun as originally feared.
Kenneth Wayne Riggins, 37, was taken into custody after Mono County sheriff’s deputies – responding to a report of possible shots fired – allegedly found him placing live ammunition into a fire in a burn barrel.
According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, the call came in at approximately 6:50 a.m. on Thursday, reporting possible gun shots fired on Valley Road in Chalfant.
“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,” the press release states. “When deputies arrived on scene, they observed a fire in a burn barrel actively burning in the backyard.”
Deputies and officers made contact with Riggins and found he had placed live ammunition into the 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 press release states.
The rounds in the barrel were the “possible shots fired” that were heard. Mono County Code Enforcement, along with the Mono County Building Department, were called to the residence.
Local school kids were planning on going to the Chalfant Big Trees for a romp in the pumpkin patch that morning. The area was made secure before the kids arrived.
The residence has been red tagged for safety.
“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,” the press release states.
There were no reports of injuries or property damage.
Mono County Sheriff’s Department was unavailable for comment at press time as to what exactly Riggins is being charged with.