Category Archives: Shot by Police

Killed – Dontae Hayes (Riverside, CA)


RIVERSIDE – A man fatally shot during an armed confrontation with Riverside police was identified today.

He was Dontae Hayes, 20, of Riverside, according to the Riverside County Coroner.

The shooting occurred when Hayes pulled a handgun after making contact with officers at Arlington Park, near Miller and Roosevelt streets, at 11:40 a.m., said Lt. Guy Toussant of the Riverside Police Department.

Toussant said officers decided to handcuff Hayes before questioning him, in an area adjacent to a children’s playground.

The mother of a man who Riverside police shot to death in Arlington Park on Dec. 31, 2013, is seeking at least $25,000 from the city.

Taffy Hayes, mother of Dontae Daveon Lewis Hayes, has filed a claim for damages with the city that alleges wrongful death and violation of civil rights.–.html–.html–.html


Killed – James M. Eshelman (Moses Lake, WA)


MOSES LAKE — The man fatally shot by Moses Lake police Monday night was identified as 54-year-old James M. Eshelman, of Moses Lake, according to Moses Lake police.

Eshelman was shot about 5:30 p.m. Monday after officers responded to a disturbance at a home in the 2000 block of South Belair Drive. Eshelman was armed with a large knife when officers contacted him, according to police reports.

At some point, an officer shot Eshelman, who was transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake where he was pronounced dead.

Triple Shooting – Wounded – Man (San Diego, CA)


SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Homicide detectives tried to determine Monday what led to a man being fatally shot in the Linda Vista area of San Diego.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 2000 block of Drescher Street around 5 p.m. Sunday, according to San Diego police Lt. Jorge Duran.

Once there, they learned a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound had just been dropped off at a local hospital, the lieutenant said in a statement. The man died a short time later.

Trial began Monday for a San Diego man accused of a crime spree that ended with a gunfight in a Point Loma neighborhood two years ago.

“The defendant went on a rampage,” Deputy District Attorney Joe McLaughlin told a jury as he described the events of December 29, 2013.

Sean O’Toole of Linda Vista was shot on Drescher Street and then dropped off at a local hospital where he later died.

Hours later, Travis Bondurant was shot and injured at the La Jolla Biltmore Motel on La Jolla Boulevard.

McLaughlin said investigators had prepared a warrant to arrest Joseph Anthony Hill, a man with a long criminal history, in both shootings. Members of the Violent Crimes Task Force went to Catalina Street in Point Loma on Dec. 30 to take Hill into custody.

That’s when Hill tried to run and in the process struck a law enforcement officer with his car.

On Monday, Deputy DA McLaughlin told jurors O’Toole was shot because he had “disrespected” Hill’s girlfriend.

A jury deliberated only a few hours before finding Joseph Anthony Hill guilty of murdering Sean O’Toole and wounding Travis Bondurant on Dec. 29, 2013.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – The investigation continued Tuesday after U.S. Marshals opened fire on a murder suspect in a Point Loma neighborhood, leaving him critically wounded.

Police said members of the multi-agency Fugitive Task Force tried to arrest Joseph Hill at 1661 Catalina Boulevard at 8:35 a.m. Monday for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of a male in the Linda Vista area Sunday. Neighbors have identified that victim as Sean O’Toole.

Killed – Bethany Lytle (Taft, CA)

Bethany Lytle

A woman from Taft was shot and killed after she failed to drop a dagger she was threatening deputies with, according to Kern County Sheriff’s Department deputies.

On Sunday at about 7:40 p.m., deputies from the Taft Substation were sent to a home in the 800 block of Filmore Street in response to an unknown situation.

While deputies were driving to the location, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center told deputies that the resident, 31-year-old Bethany Lytle of Taft had an active no bail arrest warrant for a Sheriff’s parole violation.

When deputies arrived at the location, they said they spoke to a man who told deputies Lytle was brandishing a knife, breaking picture frames and other household items inside the home.

The man also told deputies Lytle had to be held down on the ground while 911 was called.

Deputies went into the home to check the welfare of Lytle. Deputies said they found Lytle inside the home sitting down and speaking incoherently. Lytle suddenly stood up and armed herself with a double edged dagger with an approximate ten inch blade, deputies said.

Lytle became combative and one deputy immediately deployed and activated his Taser, but it was ineffective, according to officials. Another deputy had his duty weapon drawn and both deputies repeatedly ordered Lytle to drop the dagger, but she refused and charged at the deputies, according to officials.

Deputies said Lytle closed the distance to the deputies within five feet and held the dagger above her head while making a stabbing motion.

One of the deputies opened fire and Lytle fell to the ground, but did not drop the dagger.

Lytle continued to refuse deputies orders to drop the dagger, deputies said. Lytle eventually threw the dagger away and deputies took her into custody, according to deputies.

Medical aid immediately arrived to the home to treat Lytle’s injuries. Lytle was uncooperative and struggled with medical aid to the point she had to be restrained. Lytle was airlifted to Kern Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that one of its deputies has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a Dec. 29 shooting in Taft.

Deputy Johnny Frisbie’s use of his gun was determined by an internal review board to be within department policy.

Bethany Lytle, 31, was shot and killed after she threatened deputies with the 10-inch knife, the sheriff’s office said at the time.

Killed – William M. Jackson (Harrisburg, PA)

William M. Jackson

HARRISBURG — The man who was fatally shot Sunday by Harrisburg police has been identified as William M. Jackson, 43, a West Hanover Township resident, Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick said Monday.

Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick on Monday revealed the identity of the West Hanover Township man who was shot and killed Sunday by Harrisburg police. The man is William M. Jackson, 43.

An autopsy performed on Jackson revealed that he was struck with three bullets, and a fatal shot hit his spine, Hetrick added during a news conference at the coroner’s office here.

Jackson was shot around 4:50 p.m. at the corner of Schuylkill Street and Brensinger Alley. Police were investigating a suspicious Ford Ranger pickup truck in the area, authorities said.

Killed – Christopher George (Longmont, CO)


The Boulder County Coroner on Monday afternoon identified the man shot and killed by a Boulder County deputy on Sunday as 43-year-old Christopher George.

Detectives continued working Monday on the investigation into the fatal shooting of George in his home southwest of Longmont after his mother called for help because he had been holed up in a room for days.

Members of the county’s multi-agency critical incident team visited neighbors of the home at 8309 N. 95th St. on Monday morning and revisited the scene inside the house, which was surrounded by police crime scene tape and secured by Boulder County deputies. The home was released to its owner, Dixie George, at about 6:15 p.m. Monday.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office reported on Sunday that a woman at the home called county dispatch at 8:35 a.m. and asked for help for her adult son, who had been in his room for several days. The woman reported to the sheriff’s office that he did not have access to weapons.

Deputy Brandon Bussard, a two-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, and Deputy Gary Robinson, a 16-year veteran, responded about 10 minutes later. They went to the room to speak with George and he reportedly “displayed” a gun during the conversation.

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cmdr. Heidi Prentup reported Bussard fired several rounds and wounded the man, who died at 12:50 p.m. on Sunday after he was flown to Denver Health Medical Center for surgery.

“The male, who was seated on his bed partially covered with blankets, reached behind his back. One deputy advanced in an attempt to gain control of the man’s arm. The man produced a 9 mm handgun and pointed it at the deputy,” Prentup wrote Monday in an email update about the shooting. “Both deputies saw the gun, heard the suspect manipulating the weapon and feared for their life. (Bussard) ultimately fired three times, striking the male twice in the torso, with the third round going into the bed.

When the suspect’s handgun was examined later it was jammed, appearing to have malfunctioned.”

The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday that a Boulder County deputy who shot and killed a Longmont area man in his home Dec. 29, 2013, was justified in the shooting.

Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett and chief trial deputy Sean Finn sent a letter to Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle that detailed the review of the case and the finding.

As a result, prosecutors will not file charges against Boulder County Deputy Brandon Bussard, who shot Christopher George, 43, after George reportedly pulled a gun and pointed it at Bussard.

Killed – Jaspal Singh (Bakersfield, CA)


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A domestic disturbance call in a southeast Bakersfield neighborhood led to an officer involved shooting Sunday.

The incident happened just after 8 a.m. in the 5200 blk. of San Mateo Dr.

A department spokesman said officers were confronted by a man armed with a gun as they approached the residence. One officer fired his duty weapon when the man pointed his gun at them, and struck the suspect several times.

The suspect, who was later identified as 45-year-old Jaspal Singh, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Neighbors said they thought Singh was already dead when he was put into the ambulance.