Deputy Michael P. Haugen
Deputy Mark Kemp
Deputy Kent Alan Hintergardt
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (City of Temecula contract)
Born: December 14, 1959
Appointed LEO: February 7, 1991
EOW: May 9, 1993
Location: Temecula, California
It was a poignant story, the kind of tale that reduces scores of hardened police veterans to tears. Without fail, Sheriff’s Deputy Kent Hintergardt could play gently with his 16-month-old daughter Marissa, whenever he got home from work, recalled his good friend, Deputy Kevin Koehler. But early Sunday morning, May 9, 1993, Hintergardt’s wife, Linda, awoke to hear her daughter joyously giggling for no apparent reason. Later that morning Linda Hintergardt would learn that her daughter had awakened just moments after her husband had been shot and killed. Through some miracle, Koehler noted, Kent Hintergardt had come home one last time. More than 2,500 police officers from Southern California converged in Riverside to pay their last respects for the slain sheriff’s deputy who was shot in the head at close range as he stood in the parking lot of a Temecula apartment complex where he was investigating an early-morning domestic dispute.
At the funeral service at Harvest Christian Fellowship on Arlington Avenue, and later during graveside services at Crestlawn Memorial Park, it was clear that the loss of the man who many were calling one of the best deputies in the Sheriff’s Department had hit hard. “This is the most difficult of duties,” said Sheriff Cois Byrd, as he began a brief eulogy for the deputy who was shot and killed by a man who choked his girlfriend to death and later shot and killed himself. The death of the former Los Angeles jail deputy assigned to the Temecula Police Department, Byrd said, “is a loss to the entire community of a fine, outstanding young man who had his life in front of him.” Hintergardt, 33, was survived by his pregnant wife, Linda, who works as a nurse, and their daughter Marissa. Linda Hintergardt said her husband was a sportsman and athlete. He loved boating and water and snow skiing. He ran and kept in good physical shape. The family enjoyed spending weekends at their mountain cabin. She said her husband started his law-enforcement career in 1989 as a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, after graduating from the LA County Sheriff’s Academy. “He always was the guy who helped us look at the bright side of a situation, Deputy Koehler who worked with Hintergardt in Temecula. “He didn’t complain, and the people on the streets didn’t complain about him.” Hintergardt was also recalled as a doting father who loved his daughter Marissa, as much as life itself. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Shive said he got to know Hintergardt when they both attended the sheriff’s academy in South Whittier.
“The same characteristics he had as a boy, he brought with him as a man,” Shive told those gathered.
Shive concluded his eulogy saying, “The greatest tragedy is not a short life, but an empty life… Kent lived a full life.”
Deputy Randy R. Lutz
Deputy Randy Lutz was employed with Riverside County Sheriff’s Department three years. He was hired on April 29, 1987, and assigned to Riverside Patrol. He was assigned to the Norco Motorcycle Patrol in June 1989.
Deputy Lutz attended the Police Reserve Academy at Fullerton College and received his POST certificate in June 1981. He began his law enforcement career in 1982 with the California State Police. In 1983, he joined the San Jacinto Police Department and in 1987, joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
In 1986, he was named Officer of the Year in San Jacinto. In 1988, Deputy Lutz was nominated for Peace Officer of the Year for his role in the aftermath of the gunshot wounding of a fellow Riverside Sheriff’s Deputy.
He played a major role in initiating the motorcycle program in Norco. While patrolling the Norco area on June 22, 1989, Deputy Lutz came upon slow/stopped traffic. Deputy Lutz swerved into the center lane to avoid the traffic jam. After swerving into the center lane, Deputy Lutz collided with a pickup truck. He was killed instantly.
Deputy Randy Lutz was survived by his wife and his two daughters. He was also survived by his parents and one sister. Deputy Lutz was born in Aurora, Illinois.
Investigator Michael D. Davis
Officer Michael Allen Brandt
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: 9483
Cause of Death: Traffic Collision (Vehicle Pursuit)
Date of Incident: April 6, 1987
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Info: Charged with felony manslaughter
Officer Michael Brandt was killed in a traffic collision while chasing a suspected drunk driver on State Highway 74 near Palm Desert. During the pursuit, Officer Brandt’s vehicle went over a 15-foot embankment and overturned. The vehicle he was chasing was found 150 feet down the side of a mountain with the driver and two children having been ejected. The driver was charged with felony DUI, felony manslaughter, and child endangerment. Officer Brandt had been with the California Highway Patrol for eight years and was survived by his wife, two daughters, and parents. Officer brandt was assigned to the CHP’s Indio Area office.
Officer Brandt’s burial site is not known.
Officer Dennis Charles Doty
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 13, 1982
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Death sentence – overturned in 2005 – retrial and convicted
On Thursday, May 13, 1982 at about 8:30 am, Riverside Police Department Officer Dennis C. Doty and Philip N. Trust, who worked in the felony warrant section of the department, were both shot and killed when they attempted to serve an arrest warrant at a house on Wolfe Avenue in the city of Riverside. They were attempting to arrest Jackson Chambers Daniels Jr. who had failed to appear in court for sentencing in a bank robbery case and was to begin serving a 13-year sentence. The incident the suspect had been convicted of involved a 1980 robbery of a Riverside bank and a high-speed chase that culminated in a shoot-out with police officers. The suspect had been wounded during the shoot-out and paralyzed from the waist down as a result of his wounds. Daniels had pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon on police officers, robbery, and being an ex-felon in possession of a concealed firearm. He later attempted to change his guilty plea, but was denied. Daniels had been sentenced to 13 years in state prison, but he had been free on bail while appealing his conviction. After the appeal failed, he was scheduled to report to court for final sentencing on April 28. Judge John H. Hews issued a bench warrant for his arrest when Daniels failed to appear in court.
Both officers were working in plain clothes, assigned to the warrant detail. They had driven to an address on Wolfe Street in Riverside, on the basis of recent information that the suspect they were looking for was at that location. When the officers arrived, they found Daniels, nude sitting in his wheelchair, in a bedroom at the front of the residence. The officers allowed Daniels to reach onto a bed post to grab a shirt. Daniels, however, pulled a gun from where it had been concealed under him and shot the two police officers. Officer Doty died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head, while Officer Trust died of gunshot injuries to his stomach area. Each officer was shot once. Officer Trust returned fire during the shootout, wounding Daniels in the hand. Daniels managed to escape and remain at large for approximately 60 hours. He was subsequently arrested in Rubidoux, California by Riverside police officers. The round remained in the suspect’s hand and was a crucial piece of evidence in the ensuing trial. The suspect, who had been paralyzed from the waist down two years earlier in a shootout with a Riverside police officer, was found guilty of their murders and sentenced to death. It is believed that the motive of the shooting was revenge over the previous shooting. In 2005 a judge overturned the suspect’s death sentence on claims by the defense that the suspect suffered from schizophrenia. Officer Doty, 35, was a 10-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department and is survived by his parents and two sisters who live in Riverside. Officer Doty was a U.S. Army Veteran of Vietnam and was the recipient of a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Officer Doty is buried at Olivewood Cemetery, Riverside, California.