Man detained in Murrieta bar slaying tells police he's a deputy
A man identifying himself as an off-duty Riverside County sheriff's deputy has been detained for questioning after allegedly fatally shooting a man in a Murrieta bar.
The suspect was taken into custody for questioning about 8 p.m. Wednesday outside Spelly’s Pub and Grille on Murrieta Hot Springs Road, KTLA-TV reported.
When Murrieta police arrived, a man identified himself as the gunman and said he was an off-duty Riverside County deputy, the TV station reported.
Inside the bar officers found a man dead from gunshot wounds.
Murrieta police detectives were investigating with help from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
It was the second homicide this week for Murrieta, a town where violent crime is rare and which hadn’t had a killing in two years.
On Tuesday, William Gary Simpson, 19, allegedly stabbed three people, killing 18-year-old Saskia Burke, at a home in Murrieta. Simpson remained at large.
Anyone with information in that case is asked to call Murrietta detectives at (951) 461-6340 or (951) 461-6356.
-- Sam Quinones
Photo: Murrieta bar where man was shot. Credit: KTLA-TV