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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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14 years ago you were tragically taken from us. I remember the last time I saw you like it was yesterday. We were celebrating Mother's Day & you were taking a nap after a delicious meal. Never did I think that would be the last time we'd see your smiling face. A few days later we got that terrible call. Walking into that hospital was surreal. Like the scenes you see in the movies. In the days, months & years that followed seeing the support from the law enforcement family take care of their own was amazing. I grew a whole new level of respect for them. So, THANK YOU to all the men & women who serve & protect us daily. We lost an amazing deputy but I've gained a special "Deputy Angel" watching over me. Bruce, we miss you & love you. You will never be forgotten. RIP, Deputy Lee.

Cousin Billie
May 13, 2017

 

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