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Deputy Sheriff Michael Paul Haugen | Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Michael Paul Haugen

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, January 5, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/5/1997

Weapon: Rifle; M-1

Suspect: Sentenced to death; committed suicide

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Deputies Michael Haugen and James Lehmann were shot and killed at approximately 0300 hours as they answered a domestic violence call on the Cabazon Indian Reservation.

They were ambushed by a sniper who shot them with an M-1 rifle as they exited their vehicles.Both deputies where wearing vests. One deputy was shot in the head and the other was shot in the side when the bullet penetrated his vest. Neither deputy was able to radio in the incident. A sergeant who responded to the scene after they failed to make radio contact was also shot at as he attempted to check on the deputies when he saw them laying on the ground. The suspect was apprehended later in the morning during a SWAT operation. The man was convicted of both murders and sentenced to death, however, he committed suicide while on death row.

Deputy Haugen is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Deputy Sheriff James Warren Lehmann, Jr.
Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California
End of Watch: Sunday, January 5, 1997
Cause: Gunfire

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I worked with mike at Hermosa Beach Police Dept.
I did not know about his murder until very recently. I remember Mike very well, who could not remember him. "A man of infinite jest"
I have laughed many times because of my friend Mike.
I am so sad for his family.
I miss him.

Sergeant Wm. Spike Kelly (Retired)
Hermosa Beach Police Department
September 23, 2014

 

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