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December 23, 2011
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Deputy held in deadly Calif. bar shooting

An off-duty sheriff's deputy called police to report shots fired

By PoliceOne Staff

MURRIETA, Calif. — A family member of a man who died in a shooting says the off-duty sheriff's deputy who fired the shot reported the incident using his cellphone.

Twenty to thirty people were present at the time of the fatal shooting, and one said an altercation at the bar preceded it, according to KABC. Another account said two men — Deputy Dayle Long, 42, and Samuel Vanettes, 36 — appeared to get along fine until the deputy pulled out his weapon. Vanettes was pronounced dead at the scene.

A relative of Vanettes said Long reloaded his weapon after the shots were fired and called police.

"He was calling dispatch and telling them shots were fired, like he was a cop," the relative said.

Long told officers arriving at the Murietta bar he was a deputy, police said, and a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department confirmed Long works in its court services division.

Long was charged with murder and remains in jail, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Bail is set at $1 million.

The Murrieta Police Department and the Riverside County District Attorney's Office are investigating, The Desert Sun reported.

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