KING CITY — Following a two-and-a-half-week jury trial, King City resident Mike Riddle, 65, was convicted May 17 of two counts of assault with a firearm, along with enhancements for the use of a firearm.
On Jan. 16, 2022, Riddle’s neighbors called 911 to report that Riddle appeared to be intoxicated in the middle of a field in rural southern Monterey County near their property. They stated that Riddle lit a fire in the middle of the field, and also reported that Riddle retrieved a rifle, pointed it at them and began shooting toward them, their property and Jolon Road.
Monterey County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene, where they encountered Riddle, who was “armed with a firearm, under the influence of alcohol and belligerent,” according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office in a news release.
Riddle resisted the deputies’ attempts to safely detain him and render any firearms safe. Sheriff’s K-9 Bond was also deployed at the scene. Ultimately, Riddle surrendered to the deputies.
Riddle will be sentenced on June 15.