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Off-Duty L.A. Sheriff's Deputies Shoot at Each Other

August 27, 2013  | 

Two off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies opened fire at each other during a heated argument at a park campground and later realized they were colleagues.

Dejay Barber, 44, and Matthew Rincon, 24, were arrested early Sunday morning at Prado Regional Park for suspicion of negligent discharge. The deputies had argued over loud music.

Both deputies have been relieved of duty with pay, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Tags: Off-Duty Incidents, L.A. County Sheriff, Officer Disciplined


Comments (20)

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Rick @ 8/27/2013 2:58 PM

More and more stories like this are appearing throughout the country; no wonder citizens want CCW licenses to defend themselves from bad guys and bad cops.

Doug M. @ 8/27/2013 3:10 PM

So, just how long did it take to eat that big bowl of stupid?

DPB @ 8/27/2013 3:24 PM

These weren't the two dumbassess whom shot the couple while looking for the rogue cop, were they???

Obviously, they need remedial firearms training!

Big @ 8/27/2013 3:38 PM

Come on suspended without pay?? How about FIRED and then JAILED!! Their supervisors should be the ones on the suspended list for not culling these clowns out long ago. If their supervisors had a hint of pride they would resign. The public should have a loss of confidence in there ability to command!!!

David Smith @ 8/27/2013 3:40 PM

Loud music is a surefire mark of an inconsiderate low life. I've always thought the point of playing loud music was to warn other people that you're a lowlife, even before they meet you.

David ?? @ 8/27/2013 4:32 PM

Well, the top two jail deputies get to roll out 😉

Doc @ 8/27/2013 4:41 PM

Big, Everyone does get a trial and in this case it could be that one officer was right and was in fact a victim. In addition to that, there is a procedure for terminating an employee, and if you violate that, then you could end up with an officer staying on the job, because you violated his rights. The person(s) that are found to be in the wrong need to be Gone, and if procedures are not followed, they could be forced to keep them, I have seen this happen before.

Capt. Crunch @ 8/27/2013 6:14 PM

I guess this is one time that it was good that these two morons could not shoot worth a crap.

Dan @ 8/27/2013 6:18 PM

I am going to paint a picture of what I believed happened, without being there. One guy, probably, the younger dep, was at park, playing his music loud. The older dep, was out with family for an event. Younger guy, who possibly has the appearance of a gang member, has a few too many and gets out of control. Older dep asks him to turn down music, and younger dep tells him to phuck off. Older dep, gets in his face. Younger dep pushes back and pulls gun. Older dep, in self-defense also pulls gun. Shots fired, and then they both ID themselves as L/E. They are lucky no one was shot in the process. But this is all speculation, of course......

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/27/2013 6:33 PM

And we all know that deadly force is always justified in loud music complaints. These two need to be fired and banned from owning firearms for forever.

gary @ 8/27/2013 8:49 PM

Gosh, so much judgment with so little information.
Tsk tsk...

Todd @ 8/27/2013 11:21 PM

"Big" & especially DPB clearly you're not cops and seem to know nothing about POBOR. I'm not condoning the deps actions but c'mon you read a couple of sentences from the LA Times (known for their anti-cop bias) and you're going to draw conclusions.

Troop @ 8/27/2013 11:59 PM

LAPD and LASD are their own worst enemies.

FireCop @ 8/28/2013 4:33 AM

Why didn't these guys show their ID earlier on in the incident. I dont' get into stupid situations like this but after the first request to turn music down, I show my ID and generally that gets a negative statement but a positive response. If I'm off duty and my ID doesn't work, I call someone in who is on duty and let them handle it. There must be more to this story than what we've been given. Stay safe.

Angie @ 8/28/2013 7:37 AM

Stupid...stupid...stupid!!!

Don Johnson @ 8/28/2013 9:33 AM

Tools.........

ajam @ 8/28/2013 11:51 AM

Another proud moment for LE.

Greg @ 8/29/2013 5:40 AM

First off...they were drunk (alcohol involvement).

Second...they shot their pistols into the air.

Third...why are they still getting paid. It's not as if they didn't actually do it.

No excuse, no wiggle room, both of these idiots should be fired after their trial. It's a big thing with shooting into the air, local story is of a kid hit in the head by a pistol round coming back down and hitting him in the head killing him. Just amazing, but not a surprise out there in the land of fruits and nuts.

NJmotorcop @ 8/29/2013 8:37 AM

"both of these idiots should be fired after their trial."
"These two need to be fired and banned from owning firearms for forever."

Not so fast! Let's get the whole story first. I agree with Dan and the scenario that he outlined here. He may not be right but that is a very likely chain of events. One of the officers was probably acting in a purely defensive capacity and may be completely without fault.

Troy @ 9/2/2013 8:25 AM

Regarding Dan's comment, to suggest younger Deputies look like gangbangers is disrespectful. There have been plenty of incidences involving "older" Deputies who probably shouldn't have been hired and couldn't pass a polygraph if they were hired using todays background process either. That being said, every generation has produces Brave Law Enforcement Officers to answer the call. Every year more names are added to Police Memorials around the Country in this generation just as the last. Every generation seems to believe that the next is incompetent and the last generation was archaic, which is normal. But let’s stop with the veiled “I’m so veteran and so awesome” BS. Let’s get all the facts.

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