Sister Sticks By Lake Elsinore Man Found Guilty Of Trying To Kill Deputy

David Barry Hanley, 59, of Lake Elsinore is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 31.

Jennifer Ryan and David Hanley in undated photo. Photo/Change.org
Jennifer Ryan and David Hanley in undated photo. Photo/Change.org

In October, a jury convicted a Lake Elsinore man of attempting to murder a sheriff’s deputy, and his sentencing is scheduled this week, but that has not stopped his sister from continuing to plead his innocence.

On Oct. 31, a jury convicted David Barry Hanley, 59, on one count of attempting to murder a peace officer and four counts of resisting a police officer by force. He was acquitted on charges that he tried to kill three other deputies. Hanley is currently scheduled for sentencing Friday.

The convictions stem from an April 2012 early morning incident in the 28000 block of 11th Street at the intersection of Tereticornis Avenue. According to a report from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Hanley refused to disarm himself after deputies responded to the area regarding a call of shots being fired. 

As deputies honed in on the gunfire, Hanley was located in a trailer behind a residence and ordered by the officers to come out. He complied, but with a shotgun in hand, police alleged in an initial report.

“The suspect raised the shotgun in a threatening manner toward the deputies, refusing orders to put the weapon down,” the report stated.

Hanley fired one round in the direction of the deputies, and police gunfire was returned, the sheriff’s report continued. Hanley was struck.

He was eventually transported to a nearby hospital “with non-life-threatening injuries,” according to the report.

No deputies were injured during the incident. Click here to read what neighbors had to say and to see photos.

In an online petition posted by Jennifer Ryan, she denies her brother was armed at the time of his shooting and she alleges police planted evidence.

Ryan, a Lake Havasu City, Arizona-resident, presents her case using court documents. She includes police photos taken at the shooting scene.

Ryan asserts her brother’s innocence and asks others to take her side by signing the petition.

“David Hanley was not doing anything wrong, was not breaking any laws,” Ryan writes.

She adds, "David Hanley should not have to pay for someone else failure to perform their duties as Police Officers that are sworn to server [sic] and protect."

Jennifer Rayn January 28, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Yes there are very nice and honest police officers everywhere. I know a few and they have been helping me to get justice for my brother. What a bad cope does gives the Good officers a black eye. We all need to stand together and speak out in one voice over police misconduct. The petition I have for my brother will make the DOJ investigate the county and help 100s of innocent people in jail and get them back home.
Roberto January 28, 2014 at 09:51 AM
The "Low Hanging Fruit" i.e. innocent working are more easy to prosecute. Here in Rail Road County if you get into any confrontation the Sheriff's will escalate the situation. Make sure you are the 1st to call because many have a Cowboy mentality. The problem here in Rail Road County is White Collar Crime goes unpunished and the Union Deputy District Attorneys are immune from Prosecution. They can lie, fabricate charges, overcharge for the sake of a plea bargain and possibly a stiffer sentence for non-violent offenders. After all, the more they lie, the tougher they appear on crime at taxpayer expense. Corrupt Union Deputy Prosecutor Mike Hestrin is trying to oust Incumbent Prosecutor Paul Zellerbach in order to promote more corruption embedded in Rail Road County. Paul Zellerbach should fire these lazy do nothing Deputy Prosecutors.
Beach mom January 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM
The police order you to do something, you do it. Period. Or suffer the consequences.
Lepimpster January 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Wow sounds like a whole lot of here say. Prosecution must prove their case within a reasonable doubt. Sounds like the officers stories are all over the place and not testing the weapon or David's hands for any sign of firing the weapon is just crazy. That's the 2nd best evidence a prosecutor could have, had all the deputies stories matched seeing him fire the weapon. But with so many inconsistencies I would have definitely voted not guilty. Now whether all these inconsistencies were what truly happened in the courtroom I don't know, we weren't there to hear both sides. No doubt the whole system is corrupt, you guys will have your hands full. Best thing you can do is find a damn good attorney. Goodluck!
Jennifer Rayn January 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM
We have everything in transcripts form the sheriffs department and court. Yes everything I am saying is true! you can see the transcripts and the interviews at www.davidhanley.webs.com
SA January 28, 2014 at 12:36 PM
I have to say … Other than the reporting officers, who was a witness? Was this the same jury as the Kelly Thomas trial? I have no problem with cops, however I will not lay my gun down for anyone if I am in the right … Most jurors are morons …
Jennifer Rayn January 28, 2014 at 01:10 PM
I will be telling David Hanley's story on the web tonight January 28, 2012 at 1:00 am eastern or 10:00 pm west coast time. http://www.lancescurv.com/riverside-county-sheriffs-shot-beat-planted-false-evidence-filed-false-police-reports-david-barry-hanley-lancescurv-show/ If you miss it tonight then you can see it tomorrow at http://www.youtube.com/LanceScurv/
Local hero January 28, 2014 at 01:15 PM
What ever happened to the days of respecting law enforcement, and just doing as you are told. Everyday they put themselves on the line for a society that has taught their children, that you don't have to respect anyone and everyone else is wrong. The parents have the same beliefs. It is a very sad time that we live in, and will not get better until people learn to respect others. Bottom line is when the police are called for shots being fired you should not come out with a "weapon". Everyone by now should know what the outcome will be. At that point you have no one to blame but yourself.
One Voice January 28, 2014 at 01:43 PM
I would be taking this entire matter to the Grand Jury for yet another investigation into the LE/Sheriffs Department. They have been under investigation before and perhaps it needs to happen again. This town stinks of corruption from politicians to police enforcement. I hope that the Hanleys take this to the end, contact John & Ken on KFI, they love this kind of stuff and get to the bottom of things.
Bd January 28, 2014 at 03:22 PM
You'd think we were in Mexico after reading these posts! How have I been so lucky not to have been shot by the cops in Elsinore all these years?
Jennifer Rayn January 28, 2014 at 05:18 PM
To the Local Hero There are a lot of good police officers out there that would not have shot my brother for doing nothing wrong except for sleeping. The sheriffs are the ones who broke the law they are the ones who broke into him home with out probable cause and no warrant. Yes, there was shooting that night in the neighborhood, but it was 2 or more blocks away from his home. The lights in his house were out because he was asleep in bed. He did what they told him to do, but they shot him any way. After they shot him, they beat him and planted evidence. We have reports and photos to prove all of this. If we get rid of dirty and bad cops then the respect of, the citizen will returned.
ThatGuy January 28, 2014 at 06:40 PM
i have no respect for the men in uniform in lake elsinore. too bad cause i think there is truly good ones out there but the inform has been tarnished by the bad apples. all i got to say with my own experiences. i feel for you & you brother Jennifer
Jennifer Rayn January 28, 2014 at 07:10 PM
ThatGuy and everyone else thank you for your support.
Antonio January 28, 2014 at 10:09 PM
According to an earlier Patch report of the initial incident, Deputies allege that when they arrived on scene sometime after 2:17 a.m., they tracked the gunfire to one of the RVs that Hanley was in and ordered him outside. Hanley was shot about 4:33am, over 2 hours later. What transpired during those 2 hours?
ChrisG January 29, 2014 at 09:04 AM
This sounds like attempted suicide by cop. Who comes out armed with a shot gun and aims it when they're surrounded by police? Then the jury convicts? Can the whole system be against this man?
Jennifer Rayn January 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM
To Lyn Yes that Patch reported that, the Patch received there information from Riverside County Sheriffs. The Patch did nothing wrong when they reported the information that was given to them by the sheriffs. The sheriffs did not have a gunshot calls until 2:30 am and that was three calls with in 5 minutes, they all reported the same shots and it all was on the north side of the groves. Thirteen-foot dirt hills, tress, homes and building, surrounds David Hanley home, he lives on the south side of the groves. David Hanley would have had to stand on his motor home roof with a ladder to shoot the other side of the groves and he still could not clear the trees. Deputy "M" did not arrive to that area until 2:45 am. At 3:02 am, Deputy "M" did a car stop. Deputy "M" ran plates and that car they had stolen plates on it. Deputy "M" let the men in the car go! That car stop was on the corner of 11th street and Tereticornis Ave. At 3:07 Deputy "M" was still on the corner and heard three shot. He called for back up and the deputies did not arrive there until 3:31 am. From 3:07 to 4:13, there were no more reports of gunfire in that area. At 4:06 sheriffs set up in front of the house they went thru to get to David Hanley. At 4:13 am when the one shot rang out the sergeant said, "The shots are not coming from this property". The judge Albert Wojki said in court that sheriffs had not reason for being in that backyard. The sheriff still has not come up with the reason why they were their. The sheriffs even cleared David Hanley of all the shooting in that area that night. It is still an open case. Read the court transcripts and the judges statements. We proved in the preliminary hearing by the sheriffs deputies own words that, "David Hanley was not doing anything wrong; he was not breaking any laws when they shot him" Deputy Y said in court that he lost sight of David Hanley and he shot David Hanley thru the wall of David Hanley home. Two deputies stated in court that David Hanley never shot at them. Forensic report stated that the shotgun was on the ground outside his home. Investigator B stated in court that David Hanley's shotgun was still full loaded and had a live shell chamber. That Shotgun was never shot that night.
Jennifer Rayn January 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM
To ChrisG California penal code 198.5 stated you have every right to use deadly force to protect your self and your family in your home when someone breaks in to do you bodily damage. David Hanley had every right to protect himself when he found his home had been broken into to at 04:37. They shot him at 0438! 2nd Amendment "The right for the people to keep and bear Arms, shell not be infringed" If you woke up to loud banging on your walls and find your front door has been broken into? What would you do? I just Thank God, every day that our mother who is 80 years old, did not go with my brother on the trip cross-country, I am very glad she was sick and could not go. The sheriffs would have killed our mother that night.
ChrisG January 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM
@Jennifer, Correct we have every right to defend ourselves and property. The smart move was to call 911 and stay indoors with his shot gun. They would have explained to your brother what the police where up to and he could have explained his position which would have been explained to the police. You don't have the right to shoot someone on your property in CA. You have to wait until they break into your house before you shoot them. The police are not allowed to do that without a warrant. Those are 2nd and 4th amendment rights. People still have to make smart choices. It is especially important when guns and police are involved. That was my point. If your brother is innocent I hope this gets straightened out.
DB January 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM
I concur...if your brother was in fact innocent, I hope there is a high priced "shut Up" pay-off for your family.....If not, I hope they recover all financial resources they have to spend to defend themselves because your Brother did not have the restraint to open the door without a shot gun in hand......
Jennifer Rayn January 29, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Deputy "M" stated in court "From the time they stated bang on his home to breaking into his home and shooting him was a minutes." They did not give him a chance to call for help before they shot him. He had no idea it was the sheriffs that broke into him home. The Sheriffs went to fast that night, they almost killed the man in the motor home next door. The sheriffs had no probable cause and no warrant! David Hanley was convicted to cover fours deputies' sheriffs who screwed up that night. David Hanley should not have to pay for someone else failure to perform their duties as Police Officers that are sworn to server and protect.
DB January 29, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Sounds to me he had his day in court ...... hire a better attorney I guess....
Antonio January 29, 2014 at 04:04 PM
Is or will their be an appeal of Mr. Hanley's conviction? I know that innocent people are convicted of crimes they did not commit.
Jennifer Rayn January 29, 2014 at 04:42 PM
To Lyn Yes I am working on the appeal right now. I need people to sign the petition. I also needs funds to hire an attorney for the next step. This case has cost me everything so fare. I am working on the funds now. You can help by signing the petition for the Department of Justice to investigate Riverside county. Link below will take you to the petition http://chn.ge/KVE19F and ask everyone you know to sign the petition Please. www.davidhanley.webs.com David Hanley web site will have the updates on this case. Thank you
Jennifer Rayn February 04, 2014 at 04:51 PM
I am fighting for my brothers 1st, 2nd 4th and 5th Amendment rights, I could use some help. It seems like no one cares about our God given rights. My brother is an innocent man. If you want to check out my story, everything is on line at www.davidhanley.webs.com, I need to get the word out that this could happen to anyone. Americans have to wake up to the new Police States. They will take away our guns and then our freedom. Please help if you can.
ChrisG February 04, 2014 at 05:07 PM
@jennifer, did you notice that ex-sheriffs deputy Long was convicted of 2nd degree murder of Samuel Vanettes. That should give you hope. Do you still think the system is corrupt? Your brother is entitled to appeal. Is that happening?
Alek J Hidell February 04, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Your brother was obviously going for a suicide by cop; amazingly he survived. Spend your energies instead on getting him some help from mental health professionals
One Voice February 04, 2014 at 05:30 PM
I find it odd that the cops even responded to gun shots in an area. We hear them all the time and there is NEVER police response, it all sounds a bit fishy to me that the cops would go right to this motor home on a call of someone reporting hearing gun shots? I have called the police myself and it takes them forever to respond if they do at all? I am sorry for what you are going through many years ago I went through something like this myself with my step brother, I believe the ACLU was helpful and directed us to other people for help too.
Jennifer Rayn February 04, 2014 at 05:38 PM
listen Alek J. Hidell I know it's hard for you not to show your IQ, do you really what everyone to know it's only 10 by your nasty comments.
Jennifer Rayn February 04, 2014 at 05:46 PM
ChrisG Yes we are working on the mistrial. I do not believe all police officers are corrupt just Riverside County. There are some great Officers in Riverside but the bad ones are giving Good ones a black eye. We must stop the bad one to give the good ones a chance to there job right. We need to restore the department! The deputy you are talking about was in the next cell from my brother and my brother feels bad for him, It not a good thing to go to prison if you are a cop! We will be praying for his safety.
Jennifer Rayn February 04, 2014 at 05:48 PM
Thank you One Voice.


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