Deputy Sheriff Michael Paul Haugen

Deputy Sheriff Michael Paul Haugen

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 5, 1997

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Michael Paul Haugen

Deputies Michael Haugen and James Lehmann were shot and killed at approximately 3:00 am as they answered a domestic violence call near Sagebrush Avenue and Chaparral Road in Whitewater.

They were ambushed by a sniper who shot them with an M-1 rifle as they exited their vehicles. Both deputies were 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 lying 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 served with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for five years. He 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

ambush, domestic

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Deputy Sheriff Haugan,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Riverside County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 5, 2022

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