Deputy Sheriff Michael Paul Haugen

Deputy Sheriff Michael Paul Haugen

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 5, 1997

Add to My Heroes

Michael Paul Haugen

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.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; M-1
  • Offender Sentenced to death; committed suicide

Most Recent Reflection

View all 36 Reflections

Still hear your booming voice in my ears, Brother. Still smell the bitter odor of jail coffee emanating from your heavily worn mug.

Mike Angeli Sr. Dep. ret.
Riverside Sheriff

January 5, 2019

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.