Bishop man charged with deadly weapon assault, terrorist threats

A Bishop man has been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and other charges after he threatened a Southern California Edison employee with a firearm this morning, Inyo Sheriff's Department officials said.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, July 29 at about 11:42 a.m. when the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance from Bishop Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Tribal Police, responded to the area of Pa Me Lane regarding a male subject threatening a Southern California Edison Employee with a firearm.

The Edison employee was working near the male subject’s property at the time.

The man, Samuel Wayne Vega Jr., 38, barricaded himself inside of a residence upon law enforcement officers' arrival.

After a brief standoff, Vega’s family, along with personnel from the Sheriff’s department, talked Vega into exiting the residence where he was taken into custody.

Vega was transported to the Inyo County Jail where he was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats and a felon in possession of a firearm.

Vega is being held on a $25,000 bond.