1997 – James Warren Lehmann, Jr. – Deputy – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Deputy James W. Lehmann, Jr.

Deputy James Lehmann, Jr., was 41 years old when he was gunned down in the early morning darkness east of Cabazon on Sunday, January 5, 1997. He and his partner, Deputy Michael Haugen, were responding to a domestic disturbance at a mobile home in a rural area. Unbeknownst to the deputies, the armed suspect was waiting for them as they approached the location.
He fired several rounds from a military rifle, mortally wounding both. The suspect later surrendered without incident.
Jim came to the Sheriff’s Department in March of 1993, after working for the State Parks Department in Lake Elsinore. He leaves his wife, son and daughter. He was actively involved with his church, community and family.
He worked at the Robert Presley Detention Center prior to his assignment at the Banning Station. Jim was a dedicated, hard working deputy remembered by his colleagues for his love of his career and family.

1997 – Michael Paul Haugen – Deputy – Riverside County Sheriff’s Deartment

Deputy Michael P. Haugen

In the early morning hours of Sunday, January 5, 1997, Deputy Michael Haugen answered his last radio call. Dispatched to a domestic violence call east of Cabazon, he and his partner, Deputy James Lehmann, Jr., planned how to strategically approach the hostile situation.
As they walked in the darkness towards the mobile home, they were gunned down without warning by the husband of the victim, who was lying in wait. Both were killed instantly.
Deputies arriving only moments later were unable to revive their comrades and took cover, not knowing if the gunman was still in the area. The killer was taken into custody without incident four hours later.
Mike died at the age of 33, leaving behind his wife, son, daughter, and many friends. Mike became a Deputy Sheriff in 1991 as a lateral hire from the Hermosa Beach Police Department. He worked at the Robert Presley Detention Center before transferring to the Banning Station.
He was a hard working, caring person, devoted to his family and his chosen profession. He loved to fly and soar with eagles. “I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew. And, while with silent, listing mind I’ve trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God.”  (High Flight – John Gillespie Magee, Jr.)

1994 – Mark Steven Kemp – Deputy – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Mark Kemp

Deputy Sheriff Kemp succumbed to injuries stemming from exposure to chemicals during an investigation of an illegal drug lab. Deputy Kemp suffered from increased respiratory distress, with severe asthma attacks, after the initial incident in 1990.
In November 1993, Deputy Kemp was rushed to the hospital in full respiratory arrest after teaching a K-9 class. On November 9, 1994, Deputy Kemp began to feel shortness of breath while attending a training class and was taken to the hospital in full respiratory distress.
Deputy Kemp did not respond to intubation/mechanical ventilation and succumbed to the attack.

1993 – Kent Alan Hintergardt – Deputy – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

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.”

1989 – Randy R. Lutz – Deputy – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

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.

1988 – Michael D. Davis – Investigator – Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Investigator Michael D. Davis

Investigator Michael Davis was employed by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for nine years. He was hired on August 23, 1979, and assigned to the Indio Station. Investigator Davis was promoted from Deputy to Investigator in 1987, and was assigned to Riverside SIB (CSU).
Investigator Davis attended the 77th Basic Academy during the fall of 1979. He had been a Reserve Deputy with Placer County from 1976.
In 1980, he was awarded a silver medal in the pistol competition at the Police Olympics. In 1986, Investigator Davis was named Palm Desert Peace Officer of the Year. In 1987, he received his intermediate certificate, the Riverside County Peace Officer of the Year Award, American Legion Peace Officer of the Year Award, was named #1 shooter in the State of California in the Master Class and was the second Sheriff’s Deputy to ever receive the Medal of Valor.
On October 24, 1988, Investigator Davis was involved in Operation Border Ranger, a joint drug smuggling interdiction operation being conducted in Imperial County by six Southern California Sheriff’s Departments, the National Guard and Federal authorities. At approximately 9:30 p.m., the California Army National Guard helicopter, which carried Investigator Davis and other members of the team, crashed into the mountainous area of western Imperial County. The aircraft was immediately consumed by fire and all aboard died instantly.
Investigator Davis was survived by his wife and five children. He was also survived by his parents. Investigator Davis was born in Long Beach, California.

1987 – Michael Allen Brandt – Officer – California Highway Patrol

Officer Michael Allen Brandt

Biographical Info:

Born: Unknown
Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: 9483

Incident Details:
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.