Deputy Sheriff Bruce Kevin Lee

Deputy Sheriff Bruce Kevin Lee

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, May 13, 2003

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Bruce Kevin Lee

Deputy Bruce Lee was beaten to death with his service baton after responding to a domestic disturbance call on Avenida Velazco Street, in La Quinta, at 09:40 am.

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 served with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and sister.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 1088

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Baton
  • Offender Shot and killed

domestic, EDP

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It has been 20 years since that devastating day. You will always be missed my very good friend and fellow beat partner-Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy. We worked together for 15 plus years and I have so many good memories of these times as well as learning from the best. I will always be grateful for all of your good deeds and friendship, especially when you would take the time to watch over my children when they walked to school at a young age. You my friend are truly missed by all that knew you. Rest in peace my brother for you are in a better place.

PN Marquis Retired Special Agent/Deputy
California Department of Justice/Riverside County Sheriff's Depar

May 13, 2023

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