Deputy Sheriff Bruce Kevin Lee

Deputy Sheriff Bruce Kevin Lee

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Bruce Kevin Lee

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.

Bio

  • Age 45
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 1088

Incident Details

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

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Bruce, it has been 15 years since you were taken from us and you are still missed and remembered by so many. This is the 6th year that the Thermal station remembers you on a day near May 13, by meeting at your highway sign near Home Depot putting up a wreath, then going to the highway sign near Vons and putting up another wreath. Many of your co-workers and friends then run/walk/bike to the Civic Center Park and put up a wreath on the memorial there too. I have joined the walking group the last 2 years, along with Nancy, Billie, Anna and Erica Lee. Erica is Anna's daughter and her middle name is in honor of you.

Plus I am told there are many posts on social media. I'm not on the social media sites but it is nice to hear all the great things people have to say about you. To this day I hear great stories about you that I had not heard before, most of them are about how you helped someone or how kind you were to them...I love hearing these stories. I hope you knew how much your were loved and how many lives you touched.

Erica Lee has also run in your memory at the Dia de los Muertos Run in Coachella, and Rosemarie's daughter, Stephanie, has ridden her bike at the Patriot's Ride in Indian Wells in your memory as well. You even touched the lives of these young people who chose to honor you in these ways.

I have new friends now...people I never expected to have in my life...they are families of other fallen officers. I treasure their friendships because they understand what it is to feel this hole in our hearts yet know we need to find new purpose in our lives. We love to share stories about you as we laugh one minute and cry the next. One of these new friends is Remedios, wife of fallen CHP officer Saul Martinez. I remember the morning you came in and told me about Saul's accident. Never did I dream Remedios and I would become friends because we shared this kind of loss in common. But like her husband, she is a very giving person. We attend most memorial events together. It is nice to have someone in the desert to share these events. We both think it is important for the agencies to continue to recognize your sacrifices, so we try to attend any event where you, Saul and other fallen officers are being remembered here in the desert.

I was truly blessed to have you in my life. I miss you so much. I hope you hear all the prayers I send your way, Love, Patsy

Patsy Lee, wife

May 14, 2018

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