“An apparent booze-fueled dispute over loud music between two groups at a Chino campground over the weekend escalated to the point where men from both sides drew guns and opened fire.” Yes, yes, a bunch of yahoos let the liquor flow a little too much and trade pot shots over the musical selections with another group of former Fulbright awardees in a neighboring campsite. The poor and the galactically stupid will always be with us. Except in this case, the gunslingers in question – in both camps – wear badges when they’re on duty. And as you might expect with two of Los Angeles County’s finest involved, the only casualties were a few pine trees and any semblance of common sense . . .
Chino police officers were called to Prado Regional Park early Sunday morning. They arrested the (Los Angeles County) deputies — Dejay Barber, 44, and Matthew Rincon, 24 — on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm.
Chino police Lt. Wes Simmons, when asked if he’d ever come across a similar scene, couldn’t stifle a chuckle: “That’s not fair for you to ask me that,” he said, before acknowledging that he hadn’t.
We’ll take that as a yes.
Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said both deputies have been relieved of duty with pay. He said the men brandished their guns in a “threatening manner.”
They did not fire at each other, he said, but into the air.
Ah, a couple of Biden devotees. That explains everything. Oh, and that they-only-shot-into-the-air story stinks like Michael Moore after a 5K waddle.
Deputies Dumb and Dumber are enjoying some time off — with pay, natch — while the brass “investigates.” Just so everyone’s clear, the standard of conduct at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department appears to be 1) get shitfaced while armed, 2) disturb the peace, 3) shoot at anyone who bitches about it and 4) get a paid vacation once you’re bailed out until the whole hot mess is sorted out. Got it.
The criminal inquiry is being conducted by the Chino PD, so it’s not like the Sheriff’s Department is investigating its own. But if the longstanding tradition of having the back of your fellow boys in blue (or khaki, as the case may be) no matter how egregious their behavior is any guide, they may be fired but charges will quietly be dropped. Props to the LA Times, though, for doing what most papers won’t in cases like this – naming the miscreants. And a good thing, too…how else would we be able to make sure two such deserving recipients get the IGOTD trophies they so richly deserve?