Cop executes man for teasing him over darts
Reddit has a comment by David Leonard, the reporter who broke the story to patch.com, confirming the witness' account.
Hi all, this might get buried but we'll see. My name is David Leonard, I'm the reporter that broke this bar shooting and the one whose article that informationliberation post links to. (Proof after the edit line below.)
FYI, the off-duty cop was dragged into court on Friday and charged with murder.
He works in court services for the county sheriff's department (i.e. he's a bailiff). His defense attorney requested the judge ban cameras from the courtroom and the judge refused. In response, the deputy barely edged himself into the courtroom and hung out behind a doorway during the short hearing to avoid being photographed.
We got pictures of him anyway. Check out this post for images and details of the hearing/pending arraignment/DA's comments on suspected killer... http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/c
He's scheduled to arraigned on Jan. 12 for murder with a sentence enhancement for use of a firearm. If convicted, he could face a sentence of 50 years to life.
I talked to a witness from inside the bar yesterday, a man who says he was DJing on the night of the incident. According to the witness, the deputy got into a fight with a group of friends over darts.
At some point, one of the friends stepped up and asked the deputy to calm down. According to my witness, the deputy turned to a manager and told the manager to "call 9-1-1", then pulled out his gun and turned it on the victim, a 36-year-old local gas station clerk.
Read that witness account here... http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/witn
All in all, it's been an absolutely mad few days down in Murrieta. We had no killings whatsoever from January 2010 up until Tuesday of this week. Then we had two killings, one triple-stabbing and this shooting in two days. Needless to say, I haven't gotten any Christmas shopping done, and my sleep schedule is more messed up than this case.
Anyway, if you have questions about the scene from the night of, the aftermath, details, my nuts job or whatever, feel free to reply and AMA. I'll be around for most of the day. I'll try to post confirmation later.
TL;DR: I was reporter on scene for shooting, wrote linked story. Cop was charged with murder, could face 50 years to life. Another witness confirms the fight was like "arguing over spilt milk."
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