Norco Shootout and/or Deputy James Bernard Evans
Do you know this former SFer, he too received a battle field commission as a Second Lieutenant, it was said he was one of us. Go to google and enter Norco Shootout and/or Deputy James Bernard Evans, cant believe his story has never been told.
(JAMES AND I WENT THROUGH TRAINING GROUP TOGETHER, WE WERE BOTH SSG'S BACK THEN. WE ALSO WENT THROUGH 11F SCHOOL, OP/INTEL NCO, THEN WE BOTH VOLUNTEERED FOR VIETNAM. HE LIVED IN RIVERSIDE CA, I WENT TO HIS HOME AND WE SPENT SEVERAL DAYS THERE BEFORE LEAVING FOR NAM. UPON ARRIVAL IN NAM, WE BOTH VOLUNTEERED FOR SOG AND WERE SENT TO CCN. AFTER VIETNAM, WE BOTH ATTENDED INFANTRY OFFICER BASIC COURSE, THEN BOTH WERE ASSIGNED TO 1ST SF GROUP ON OKINAWA AND SERVED FOR THE NEXT 3 YEARS THERE. JAMES GOT IN TROUBLE WITH A MARRIED AMERICAN FEMALE TEACHER AND WAS SENT BACK TO THE STATES EARLY. I STAYED IN CONTACT WITH HIM UNTIL HE WAS KILLED. HE OR HIS FAMILY STILL HAS MY BROTHERS WALTER PPK THAT I LEFT WITH THEM REROUTE TO VIETNAM. JAMES USE TO BABY-SIT MY TWO DAUGHTERS; CHERRIE AND BRIDGETTE). ROBERT L. NOE.
|Deputy James Bernard Evans
Riverside County Sheriff's Department
Date of Birth: February 3, 1941
End of Watch: May 9, 1980
|Deputy James Evans was employed with Riverside County
Sheriff's Department four and a half years. He was hired on September 2,
1975, and assigned to Riverside Patrol.
Deputy Evans began his law enforcement career in 1974 as a Reserve Officer with Colton Police Department. He attended the Riverside Sheriff's 61st Basic Academy in the fall of 1975. In 1978, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from California Baptist College and his Intermediate Peace Officer's Certificate. Deputy Evans also received many citizen commendations for his services.
On May 9, 1980, five men dressed in Army fatigues robbed the Security Pacific Bank in Norco. The men were carrying automatic weapons. While fleeing with approximately $20,000 in cash, the suspects were being chased by local law enforcement agencies.
Towards the end of the auto pursuit, Deputy Evans became the lead car. Due to road conditions, the suspect car stopped. Deputy Evans was caught in crossfire and was killed.
The suspects fled on foot and a massive search for them was conducted through the night and into the next day. Three of the five suspects were captured. Two suspects were killed during the pursuit.
Deputy Evans was survived by his wife, Mary, and six children. He was also survived by his parents, two brothers and one sister. Deputy Evans was born in Brownfield, Texas.
Deputy Sheriff James B. Evans; Riverside County Sheriff's
End of Watch: Friday, May 9, 1980
Biographical Info: Age: 39; Tour of Duty: Not available; Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details: Cause of Death: Gunfire; Date of Incident: Friday, May 9, 1980; Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Three shot and killed
Deputy James Evans was shot and killed when he was ambushed by bank robbers during a pursuit. Several deputies had responded to a bank robbery call of several heavily armed men robbing a bank in Norco, California. A gunfight ensued in the parking lot in which two suspects were shot and killed and several others fled the scene in a stolen car. The pursuit entered the Lytle Creek area of the San Bernardino mountains.
The suspects suddenly stopped the car and as Deputy Evans rounded a corner they opened fire, killing him. The suspects then fled on foot. During the search for them one was shot and killed and the others taken into custody.
Deputy Evans was survived by his wife, son, and three stepchildren.
|Location||Norco, California, United States|
|Date||May 9, 1980
3:40 p.m. (UTC-7)
|Target||A branch of Security Pacific Bank|
|Attack type||Bank robbery, ambush shootout|
|Deaths||3 (2 perpetrators, 1 sheriff's deputy)|
|Perpetrator(s)||Belisaro Delgado (killed)
Manuel Delgado (killed)
Christopher Gregory Harven
George Wayne Smith
The Norco shootout was an armed confrontation between five heavily armed bank robbers and deputies of the Riverside and San Bernardino County sheriff's departments in Norco, California, United States on May 9, 1980. Two of the five perpetrators and one sheriff's deputy were killed, 9 other law enforcement officers were injured, and gunfire damaged at least 30 police cars and one police helicopter.
At approximately 3:40 p.m. (UTC-7), five men armed with shotguns, an assault rifle, handguns, and an improvised explosive device robbed the Norco branch of Security Pacific Bank. Deputies of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department responding to the bank robbery call confronted the perpetrators outside the bank and a shootout ensued, killing one perpetrator. The perpetrators then stole a vehicle in the bank parking lot and fled the scene, leading police on a 25-mile (40 km) car chase into neighboring San Bernardino County. Riverside County deputies were joined in the pursuit by officers of other area law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol and San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The perpetrators then ambushed the pursuing deputies and engaged them in another shootout in unincorporated San Bernardino County near Lytle Creek before escaping into a wooded area in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Two days later, three of the four surviving perpetrators were arrested in the area of the ambush; the fourth was killed by police. The three who were arrested were convicted of 46 felonies and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
At 3:40 in the afternoon on May 9, 1980, four robbers stormed into the bank and forced the tellers to hand over $20,000 in cash, while the fifth robber kept watch outside. Unknown to the robbers, an employee at a different bank across the street had spotted them entering the bank and called the police.
Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Glyn Bolasky was the first officer to arrive at the scene. As he pulled up, one of the robbers left outside with their getaway van radioed his partners inside the bank and said "We've been spotted, Let's go! Let's go!". The robbers then exited the bank and began to fire on Deputy Bolasky's police cruiser, blowing out his windshield and forcing Bolasky to throw the vehicle in reverse. Bolasky's cruiser eventually crashed into another car in the street. Taking cover behind his vehicle, Bolasky returned fire at the gunmen. The gunmen got into the van and once all five men were inside, they attempted to flee the scene, continuing to shoot at Bolasky. As the van sped away, a pellet from Bolasky's shotgun struck the driver, Belisaro Delgado, in the back of the head, killing him and sending the van crashing into a telephone pole guy-wire. The four remaining robbers then exited the vehicle and fired over 200 rounds at Bolasky, putting 47 bullet holes in his cruiser. Bolasky was hit five times; in the face, upper left shoulder, both forearms and the left elbow.
By this time, Deputies Charles Hille and Andy Delgado (no relation to Belisaro Delgado) had arrived at the scene. While Delgado engaged the robbers with gunfire, Hille managed to evacuate Bolasky in his cruiser and transport him to a nearby hospital. The robbers continued to fire at other officers arriving at the scene, and eventually attempted to escape again by commandeering a truck stopped at the intersection in front of the bank. As the four led a police pursuit, they shot at the pursuing officers and threw homemade bombs out the back of the truck. Overall, they damaged 33 police vehicles, including a police helicopter, forcing it to land.
The suspects eventually pulled far ahead of the pursuing police officers and stopped to ambush them as they caught up. Officer James Evans, one of the first police units to come under attack during the ambush, was shot in the head and killed. The police, armed with only .38 caliber revolvers and 12 gauge shotguns, were out-gunned. They were, however, soon joined by San Bernardino Sheriff's Deputy D. J. McCarty, who brought an AR-15 to the shootout. His presence was crucial. Shortly after he engaged the robbers with his rifle, they stopped shooting and fled the scene, running into the wooded area of Lytle Creek, San Bernardino. "There would have been a lot more dead cops on the road if not for that weapon" said Riverside Deputy Rolf Parkes, a participant in the police response that day, "after their capture, the suspects stated their intent was to fight to the death".
The next day, three of the gunmen were arrested. The fourth, Manuel Delgado (Belisaro's brother), was killed in a shootout with a SWAT team in the foothills. In all, eight officers had been wounded and one killed. The three arrested suspects, George Wayne Smith and brothers Christopher and Russell Harven, were convicted of 46 felonies and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Officer Bolasky recovered from his injuries sustained in the shootout and was awarded several decorations for his actions. He later became an officer in the U. S. Air Force. After this incident the San Bernardino County Sheriffs department equipped their deputies with Ruger Mini-14's chambered in .223 Remington as well as the M-16 and AR-15. Although the robbery happened in 1980, such was its impact that even today it is still used to train law enforcement personnel in anti-terrorism and survival tactics.
A film, Rapid Fire, was made about the shootout.
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