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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Sir, today marks the 40th anniversary of your sacrifice. I just watched an agency produced documentary about that awful day. You and your brother officers exemplified the bravery of our profession, we honor you. It is hard to imagine what that day was like. May your name never dim through history. Thank you for being such an example to us.

Cpl in K9
County Sheriff, Maryland

May 9, 2020

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