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Deputy Sheriff James B. Evans | Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

James B. Evans

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, May 9, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Two shot and killed, three in custody

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Deputy Sheriff James Evans was shot and killed when he was ambushed by bank robbers during a pursuit. Several deputies had responded to a bank robbery call of several heavily armed men robbing a bank in Norco, California. A gunfight ensued in the parking lot in which one suspect was shot and killed and several others fled the scene in a stolen car. The pursuit entered the Lytle Creek area of the San Bernardino mountains.

The suspects suddently stopped the car and as Deputy Evans rounded a corner they opened fire, killing him. The suspects then fled on foot. During the search for them one was shot and killed and three others taken into custody.

Deputy Evans had served with the agency for five years and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was survived by his wife, son, and three stepchildren.

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I was an 11 year old kid and lived 3/4 of a mile East of the bank. That day was scary. SWAT took our home as a base camp. The days following this robbery, they pulled bullets from trees by my house.
Sheriff Deputy Evans was a friend of our family.

Civilian Kris Blake
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October 7, 2016

 

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