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Off-Duty Deputy Jailed On Suspicion Of Killing Pub Patron

According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Inmate Information System, 42-year-old Dayle William Long was booked into Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of murder.

12/22 UPDATE at 11:50 a.m.: The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has confirmed the deputy's I.D. as Dayle Long. He has been with the department for 10 years and has been assigned to the Sheriff's Court Services West Division. His peace officer powers have been suspended. He will be placed on administrative leave if released from custody, according to the department.

12/22 ORIGINAL POST: An off-duty Riverside County sheriff's deputy was in police custody today on suspicion of fatally shooting a man in a Murrieta bar, according to police.

The deputy allegedly shot 36-year-old Samuel Vanettes of Winchester at Spelly's Pub and Grille at 40675 Murrieta Hot Springs Road around 8 p.m. Wednesday, Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad said.

Vanettes was shot several times and died at the scene, Conrad said.

Police arrived and "and contacted a male just outside the front door of the business," Conrad said. "That male immediately identified himself to the officers as an off-duty Riverside sheriff's deputy."

The deputy was identified as the shooter and arrested without incident. His identity will be released when the sheriff's department completes an internal investigation, Conrad said.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Inmate Information System, 42-year-old Dayle William Long was booked into Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of murder at 4:43 a.m. today after being arrested by Murrieta PD last night at 11:30 p.m. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled in court tomorrow.

According to the Inmate Information System, Long is described as having red hair, blue eyes, and is 5'11" weighing 220 pounds.

Conrad declined to identify the shooter but confirmed that a suspect was booked at Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of murder.

No details have been released regarding where the deputy was stationed. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has several stations throughout the county, including one in Lake Elsinore. The cities of Lake Elsinore and Wildomar both contract for police services through the sheriff's department.

It's unclear what may have triggered the shooting.

A Spelly's bystander said several shots were fired during the incident.

"Across the bar there was a little bit of an altercation going on, it doesn't really seem like it would be anything outside of the normal at a bar you know... Then you heard about four shots, may have been more," the bystander said.

Murrieta Patch is reporting that a scuffle may have broken out over a game of darts. for the story.

Spelly's Pub and Grill posted on its Facebook page around 11 p.m. Wednesday, "This is a horrible tragedy that happened to unfortunately take place at Spelly's. We all know that the world can be a scary place and it is horrible when it hits us so close to home in our close knit town. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone concerned."     

The Murrieta Police Department's Detective Bureau and the Riverside County District Attorney's Office are investigating the shooting. Anyone with information about the case was asked to call the Murrieta Police Department at (951) 696-3615. --City News Service and Toni McAllister contributed to this report.

Roberto December 23, 2011 at 05:09 PM
No, but if you read about suspects with spanish surnames are all illegals, accussed are all guilty, police shooting suspects in the back of the head deserve to die, being beat to a pulp in custody is a good thing etc. etc. along with anominity, empowers a blind electorate that doesn't demand or understand accountability from a so-called American judicial system to vent their frustration. Rail Road County is an example of 3rd world justice system with no check and balances.
Amy Walsh December 23, 2011 at 05:43 PM
I went to high school with the guy who was shot. Nicest guy on earth. My girfriend called me this morning to tell me what happened. His family is my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
Frank Barnes December 24, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Considering the heavy burden it bears, the justice system here in Riverside County works quite well, and Americans of Hispanic heritage are well represented at all levels therein. That's a fact based comment, as opposed to hyperbole and platitudes....
Son of Liberty January 07, 2012 at 05:25 PM
This looks like the same officer Long who assaulted me. If he worked in the Lake Elsinore Area, its him. He tried to make me cross a 6" deep puddle of water with downed HIGH voltage powerlines as I approached my twister destroyed house on Lake shore Dr. about 5 years ago, as he cordened of lakeshore dr. When I refused he told me I was under arrest,kicked the back of my knees as he pulled my hair trying to put me on the ground. My neighbors witnessed the assault, as my wife approached he told her I was a wife beater and if she does'nt leave he will arrest her too. He ran my name and realized he just assaulted the wrong guy and let me go. I even made a video with my home security cameras and put it on the web. I never pressed charges due to the retribution I expect from our men in uniform.

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