Off-Duty Cop Arrested in Bar Shooting

The victim was a 36-year-old Samuel Vanettes, officials say.


An off-duty deputy fatally shot a man in a bar on the border of Murrieta and Temecula.

Murrieta police responded shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday to a shooting call aton Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

Winchester resident Samuel Vanettes, 36, was found suffering with multiple gunshot wounds and died on the scene, the sheriff's coroner reported.

The killing was the second to rock the city in the last two days. The hunt is still on for a man accused of stabbing 18-year-old Saskia Burke to death in her Murrieta home early Tuesday morning before assaulting her father and boyfriend. to read about it.

The bar shooter, an off-duty Riverside County sheriff’s deputy, surrendered himself to police without a struggle at the front door, Lt. Tony Conrad said.

The suspect, sheriff's Deputy Dayle Long, 42, was detained and transferred to Murrieta police headquarters for questioning, sheriff's Sgt. Joe Borja said today.

The deputy worked for the Sheriff's Court Services West Division, but did not work in the Southwest Detention Center in French Valley, Borja said.

Witness from inside

Police shut down the pub’s parking lot and moved about 30 witnesses who were inside at the time of the shooting to a nearby Starbucks for questioning.

Chris Hull, a 39-year-old Temecula resident, said he was inside the bar and saw the shooting happen.

Hull said he witnessed a man walking up while Hull and a group of friends were playing darts. The man reportedly identified himself as an off-duty cop and started a discussion with the group about darts.

“We were playing darts, and he says 'I’m better at darts than you are,”' Hull said.

“My buddy says, ‘Aw, you suck at darts.’ (The man) says, ‘That’s why I’m a cop, I can do whatever I want to do.’”

Hull said his friend, identified only as Danny, asked the man, “Really, you can do anything?” The man then pulled out his gun, Hull said, and after the group repeatedly asked him to put it away he “pops three rounds into my friend Sam.”

Hull identified his friend as Sam Venettes. He didn't answer a request for Vanette's age or hometown, but said he was a "hardworking guy" who "works three jobs."

Police have not released any information on the name of the victim.

"I just watched the most horrific scene I've seen in my entire life," Hull told Patch.

"This is the worst day of my life."

The shooting was unrelated to the Tuesday stabbing death and ongoing manhunt for the suspect, Conrad said.

Peter Surowski contributed to this report.

Rob December 23, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Sam was my best friend.. He was actually supposed to stop by my house that night to drop off my computer. I didn't hear from him but didnt think nothing about it until this morning. I hope You wrott in jail then in Hell Dayle!
The Peacekeeper December 23, 2011 at 06:04 AM
There is obviously more to this unfortunate incident than what the Patch is reporting. Through a thorough investigation hopefully the truth will be revealed. There are force options that will be reviewed in regard to RSO's off-duty use of force policy as well as carrying a firearm while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, if in fact the shooter was under the influence of either/or. Nevertheless this was unfortunate.
Melissa December 23, 2011 at 03:52 PM
All police know you NEVER shoot to kill unless you are in a situation where its life or death. The police officer seems to have lost it. My heart goes out to the victims' family and friends. This is so sad
Fredrick Rogers December 23, 2011 at 07:54 PM
hopefully they will burn that bitch on a cross.
Fredrick Rogers December 23, 2011 at 07:56 PM
problem is that Police are not screened for actually knowing the law, but only whether they are jack boot thug worthy and know how to hurt people. "The Law" is not a factor in hiring police police officers. We just get lucky from time to time with some good cops.
Fredrick Rogers December 23, 2011 at 07:57 PM
oh wait, they cant burn him on a stake because this is a civilized society--instead he will get paid leave and a pension probably, and at teh least protected by his brotherhood of cops.
dep65 December 24, 2011 at 06:39 AM
Melissa...you are apparently not a LEO. We are trained to shoot to stop the threat. That means shots to center of body mass, and if that is ineffective next to the head. If the violent offender dies as a result of the shoot, then that is because the offender chose to continue a deadly threat. Now, that being said, and based only on what I've read of this story, the deputy in this case messed up big time. First, he was in a bar, maybe under the influence of alcohol and carrying his off-duty weapon. I always carry off-duty, but I would never carry a weapon while drinking. Just a really bad idea. Second, IF eyewitness reports as mentioned in the article are correct, he may be one of those guys who thinks he's entitled to do anything because he has a badge. Well, the reason we have badges is to enforce the law and uphold the constitution of the state we are sworn in and of the US. If he feels entitled to break the law, he's definitely in the wrong profession. We don't need cowboys like that wearing a badge and representing ANY law enforcement agency. I'm wondering if there is more to this story, as it seems that this escalated really quickly. Some sort of bad blood already existing? Who knows? Sad that this violent situation broke out and ended in a senseless death. Let's hope the truth comes out and justice is done. As for Fredrick's comment, there are lots more good cops than bad. Otherwise this type of event would be common and not newsworthy.
Dennis Cooper December 24, 2011 at 09:10 PM
I was a bartender for over ten years. In my experience, the worst patrons were ex or off-duty police officers. Often they would over indulge and become bullys or drive away shit face drunk. And they were never shy about letting it be known that they were armed. I say that all law enforcement (ex and otherwise) be prohibited by law from carrying guns and being in drinking establishments. Maybe this would have ended the right way, with this cop taking or giving an ass kicking like a man.
Gary December 25, 2011 at 05:41 AM
This is not the first time Long used his badge to bully others but hopefully the last. He was a bad neighbor for 5 years in Corona. He lived under the notion that he could do whatever he wanted the day be became a cop. Prior to that, he was a UPS driver. Not knowing the facts in this situation, but based on my personal knowledge, I'd say he was GUILTY of murder.
TVOR December 25, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Rest assured this guy, if found guilty, will face the most severe punishment for his crime. No law enforcement department is about to protect some loose cannon who commits crimes under cover of authority. Condolances to the family and friends of this man whose life ended too soon.
Rosalie December 26, 2011 at 08:46 PM
This was a publisity stunt done by the Occupy movement designed to divert our attencion away from Christmas celebraciones here in temecula. I am not believeing fore one minutes that the victims was simply a innocent bystandard. He was sent there bye the Occupy movement people so that this would happen. He knew what he was getting into and that is what they wanted to happens. Sense he was only a gas stacion worker his family was going too make a lot of money's if he would be killed in action for there causes. It is really obvious if you just think about it
Jared December 26, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Rosalie....WTF?!?!?! How is this "obviously" connected to the occupy movement???4
Shannan Buffolino December 27, 2011 at 04:52 AM
omg, I think this Rosalie needs to stay off the crack pipe herself..she has a very active imagination..WOW! I know that none of us know exactly what happened..but it just sounds like one of those situations where guys (or girls) in a bar may encounter someone who is a little bit of jerk, whether it's because they are drunk or whatever, and someone needs to just let it go....I have seen many times, you here guys who get escalated about something for no reason, and then it becomes something....I always think to myself..if someone does something that is rude, or annoying and is probably drunk, I wouldnt want to argue or let it be worth my time because the fact is, I dont want my night out to be ruined and spent either in a fight, or worse..like this..I mean, it's GONNA end bad..so my advice..just think about how you want your night to end. But in this case, a gun was involved....I have friends who are police and also, I think that Temecula police do such an amazing job at keeping bad people away from our town, and also, they seem to really care about our neighborhood....most policemen are doing their job, and we need them..so they are just as upset when a bad seed or a bad thing happens that involves a fellow policeman
Mr. Lada December 27, 2011 at 09:01 AM
"Rosalie" is obviously one of our regular Patch contributors trolling under another name. The fake mexicanish spanglish mispellings and contrived grammar are a complete giveaway. Congratulations for putting out some really yummy bait for those who will bite!
Tonto December 27, 2011 at 04:44 PM
Sounds like Rosalie wants to cash in on some freebie :)
Rachael December 30, 2011 at 01:55 AM
@Rosalie - You obviously need to get checked back in to the mental hospital you live in. Next time keep your ignorant opinion to yourself.
Sir Lawrence August 07, 2012 at 08:01 AM
sounds write.........oops, I mean right!
Sir Lawrence August 07, 2012 at 08:16 AM
Sounds like the RSO didn't do a proper psych eval. It's their fault for hiring a officer with mental issues. If the dart players were rude and started the altercation, why didn't this knucklehead just show his badge and call back up. If he had to defend himself, then why didn't he just use his self defense skills he was taught. Most cops are prior military or know some martial art. Did you really have to be a punk and use your weapon. Sounds like the combination of alcohol and mentally disturbed cop made for a bad combination.


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