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Deputy Sheriff Bruce Kevin Lee | Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

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Bruce Kevin Lee

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 1088

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Blunt object; Baton

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Lee was beaten to death with his service baton after responding to a domestic disturbance call on Avenida Velazco Street, in La Quinta, at 0940 hours.

The call involved reports of an emotionally disturbed man attempting to break into his parents' home. Deputy Lee became involved in a struggle with the suspect, and was beaten. Deputy Lee suffered severe head injuries from the attack.

Deputy Lee's backup officer arrived on the scene and found Deputy Lee unconscious. The suspect then began to approach the backup officer with the baton. The suspect refused to drop the baton and was shot and killed. Deputy Lee was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries approximately two hours later.

Deputy Lee had been employed with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for 22 years.

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Bruce, you made a lasting impression on me. You were one of the really good and kind deputies. I remember you coming by and taking a break inside my storage facility just to find a safe place to rest. You always had a kind word and a smile on your face.

Trooper Matt Huebert
New Mexico Mounted Patrol
December 24, 2016


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