Deputy Sheriff James B. Evans

Deputy Sheriff James B. Evans

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, May 9, 1980

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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 suddenly stopped the car near the Stockton Flat Campground in the San Bernardino National Forest and as Deputy Evans rounded a corner they opened fire with M-16 rifles, killing him. The suspects then fled on foot. During the search for them, one was shot and killed and three others were taken into custody.

Deputy Evans had served with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department 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 Rifle; M-16
  • Offender Two shot and killed, three in custody

ambush, robbery, vehicle pursuit

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One night Jim and Raul Cornejo were working Sunnymead. They got a call of a large loud party and went to the address. Most of the people there were Mexican, so Raul went to contact the owner since he spoke Spanish. Jim waited outside where the largest part of the crowd was. The crowd was pretty rowdy and belligerent. After about five minutes, Jim could not see Raul anymore and Raul was not responding to calls on his Handie-Talkie. The crowd would not let Jim into the house, so he got the shotgun from the unit and started toward the front door. The crowd kept blocking his way in and pushing him, so Jim fired a round from the shotgun into the air. Both Jim and Raul said by the time the echo died out there wasn't a single person left in the yard. They all scattered. As I recall both the SGT and the LT thought it was justified and nothing more ever came from it.

Daniel Cunningham, Deputy #392
Riverside County Sheriff.

May 9, 2019

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