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Calif. Cop Killer Found Dead In Prison

October 09, 2013  | 

A cop killer sentenced to death for ambushing two Riverside County (Calif.) Sheriff's deputies committed suicide late Friday in his prison cell.

Timothy Russell, 53, was found unconscious late Friday and pronounced dead at 12:48 a.m. Saturday at San Quentin State Prison. He was alone in his cell, reports the Press Enterprise.

Russell has been on death row since Jan. 14, 1999, following his conviction and sentencing for the murders of Deputies James Lehmann, 41, and Michael Haugen, 33, two years earlier.

Russell ambushed the two deputies on Jan. 5, 1997, after they responded to a domestic violence call at his desert home west of Palm Springs. Russell's estranged wife had run to a neighbor's home to call 911 to report that he struck and kicked her. As the deputies approached, Russell fired a dozen shots from an M1 carbine, killing them before they could draw their weapons.

Tags: Riverside County (Calif.) Sheriff, Cop Killers, Suicidal Subjects, Duty Deaths, Domestic Violence


Comments (11)

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Kevin wagner @ 10/10/2013 1:31 AM

Burn in hell

uslawman1983 @ 10/10/2013 4:35 AM

So long, dirtbag!

Phil McCracken @ 10/10/2013 8:59 AM

Another one bites the dust!

R Mansfield @ 10/10/2013 9:41 AM

He took his appeal to a "higher court", the scum bag.

garyjansen @ 10/10/2013 6:20 PM

heboughtthefarm gj

Bob@Az. @ 10/10/2013 9:27 PM

14 years on death row? Arizona finally juiced a convicted killer after 34 years living on my dime. BS. With the advantages of science and better communication between departments the chance of getting the wrong person is narrowing down. After two trials at the states expense murderers should be done away with. Our prisons are nothing but resorts for these pos bottomfeeders & their lawyers (?). Blues, Stay Safe.

GPcop @ 10/11/2013 5:21 AM

Now, if we can only convince the other inmates on death row to follow Mr. Russell's lead.

It may take a while to get our murderers to the death chamber here in Texas, but it will happen.

S.S. @ 10/11/2013 6:29 AM

I hope he suffered through asphyxiation and not by breaking his neck. I hope it was slow and painful, and I hope he realized at the last moment that suicide was not an option, and at the very last moment changed his mind, but by then it was too late. Do not r.i.p. Mr. Russell.

steve @ 10/11/2013 6:46 AM

Well I wonder who the low-lifes at the ACLU will blame this one on. Won't be themselves! And I wonder if he just got tired of waiting for the "needle". Goes to show that the wait can be more "in-humane" than just going ahead with it after the sentencing.

Dbulldog @ 10/16/2013 10:49 AM

True to form, a coward to the end!

jim rigney @ 10/17/2013 5:36 AM

Buy buy funnyman coward piece of crap!

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