Deputies: Local man attacked by gun-wielding camper

Courtesy Mono County Sheriff's Department
Staff Writer

A Mission Viejo man was arrested Sunday after a violent confrontation with two Eastern Sierra residents during which he allegedly shoved a woman, pistol whipping another man and fired a handgun into the air multiple times.
Julian Wendell, 30, was taken into custody without incident on the morning of July 5 by Mono County sheriff's deputies, aided by the California Highway Patrol, on charges of assault with a firearm on a person (245(a)(2) PC); willful infliction of corporal injury (273.5(a) PC); discharging a firearm in grossly negligent manner (246.3 PC); and drawing, exhibiting or using firearm (417(a)(2) PC). He is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport. All charges are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.
According to the Mono County Sheriff's Department, the altercation took place on July 4 at a campsite in June Lake where Wendell was staying in a trailer.
Wendell had apparently become acquainted with the man and woman, both June Lake residents, while spending time with them in town. At some point, the trio left for Wendell's campsite. On the way, however, Wendell was "driving in an aggressive manner," according to the Sheriff's Department, and his passengers confronted him about it – which apparently didn't sit well with Wendell. Upon arrival at the campsite, Wendell pushed the female as she got out of the vehicle which led to an argument and physical confrontation between the male subject and Wendell.
The Sheriff's Department reports that Wendell at this point went into his trailer, grabbed a handgun and then hit the June Lake man in the head with the butt of it. He then fired several rounds into the air, at which point the couple managed to run off. The male subject was taken to Mammoth Hospital for treatment of his injuries and released, and the Sheriff's Department was called to investigate.
Deputies found Wendell the next morning. They also recovered three firearms from his trailer, the Sheriff's Department reported.