Deputy Sheriff James B. Evans

Deputy Sheriff James B. Evans

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, May 9, 1980

James B. Evans

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.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Two shot and killed, three in custody

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Deputy Evans is remembered today, the 37th anniversary of his death. The video account of the Norco robbery is available on youtube in three parts, and is worth watching.

We are grateful for the service of Deputy Evans, and know that his family remembers him as one of those who stood tall in the Thin Blue Line.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

May 9, 2017

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