Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 5 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 1/5/1997
Weapon: Rifle; M-1
Suspect: Sentenced to death; committed suicide
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 on October 9, 2013.
Deputy Haugen is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
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Deputy Sheriff James Warren Lehmann, Jr.