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Man detained in Murrieta bar slaying tells police he's a deputy

December 22, 2011 |  8:21 am

Spelly's bar

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.

Witnesses told police the shooting began as a bar argument between two men that didn't appear to be escalating, when suddenly one of them pulled a gun and fired.

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. 


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Photo: Murrieta bar where man was shot. Credit: KTLA-TV