Mono County Sheriff’s Department news release
On August 31, 2019, shortly before 5 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a burglary at Ernie’s Tackle Shop in June Lake. It was reported that the suspect, Jeffrey Ross, had taken a shotgun from the store and was now inside his adjacent apartment.
Ross was alone in his apartment and was hostile toward responding law enforcement officers.
Deputies heard a muffled shot from inside Ross’s apartment and later determined that Ross fired one round into the ceiling. Sierra Wave T-Shirt shop is directly above the apartment and
was occupied at the time.
With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Sheriff’s personnel contained the area and evacuated nearby residences and businesses.
Based upon Ross’s hostile demeanor, possession and use of a weapon, and his threatening statements, the Inyo-Mono Special Enforcement Detail (SED) responded to the scene. After prolonged negotiations, Ross still refused to exit his apartment. At approximately 11:30 pm, SED made a forcible entry into the residence and took Ross into custody.
Although force was necessary to take him into custody, Ross was not significantly injured in the process.
Ross was booked into the Mono County Jail for several charges, the most serious of which are: Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Shooting into an Inhabited Dwelling, and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Office thanks the responding agencies for their assistance in bringing this volatile situation to a safe resolution: California Highway Patrol, June Lake Fire Department, Mono County Emergency Medical Services and the Inyo-Mono Special Enforcement Detail (which is comprised of members from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Bishop Police Department and Mono County Sheriff’s Office).