Off-Duty Deputy Arrested For Murder Following Murrieta Bar Fight

MURRIETA (CBS) — An off-duty Riverside County sheriff’s deputy was in police custody Thursday on suspicion of fatally shooting a man in a Murrieta sports bar, according to police.

Dayle Long, 42, allegedly shot 36-year-old Samuel Vanettes of Winchester at Spelly’s Pub and Grille, 40675 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, around 8 p.m. Wednesday, Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad said.

Vanettes was shot several times and died at the scene, Conrad said.

Long is being held on $1 million bail.

Police arrived and “and contacted a male just outside the front door of the business,” Conrad said. “That male immediately identified himself to the officers as an off-duty Riverside sheriff’s deputy.”

Long was identified as the shooter and arrested without incident.

Spelly’s Pub and Grill posted on their Facebook page around 11 p.m. Wednesday, “This is a horrible tragedy that happened to unfortunately take place at Spelly’s. We all know that the world can be a scary place and it is horrible when it hits us so close to home in our close-knit town. Our thoughts
and prayers are with everyone concerned.”

Long was booked at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of murder, Conrad said.

The Murrieta Police Department’s Detective Bureau and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting.

CBS2’s Greg Mills reports Murrieta is “rocked by its second murder of 2011…both occurring this week.”

Mills also spoke with Cindy Viegas who was working at the strip mall Wednesday evening. She frequents Spelly’s for the “great food” and because it’s quiet. She also says she moved to Murrieta because it’s so safe.

Mills also spoke with Spelly’s owner Joe Spellman.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call the Murrieta Police Department at (951) 696-3615.

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  • Smokey

    off your meds again up’yours. You really need to get a grip on reality. Oh by the way, your mothership is landing.


    How comforting it is to know that those whom we trust to protect and serve, turn out to be the very ones we should fear the most. Why is it that this off duty cop had his gun in a bar? Why was he getting in a stupid, drunk barfight? How many people did he handcuff and scorn for punching someone, while he is such a coward that he cant even do that. He has to shoot someone. What a coward. What an insult to everyones inrellect that he would be in a position of power over me. Prayers go out to the family of the deceased. Merry christmas from the riverside county sherrifs department.

    • John Estrada

      How do you know that it was not justified?

      • RM

        I know it was not justified because the victim was a good friend of mine.. He was not armed and was never aggresive towards anyone. Infact we both have friends in law enforcement where the POS is being held..He just happend to be there at the wrong place at the wrong time.. I hope The POS coward get atleast life in prison.. and released to GP. If not I really hope he never walks my path.. uniformed or not.. Thats all I have to say.. RIP SAM..

      • wobbles

        There’s a whole lot of things in a bar that a person can arm themselves with that will kill you. Only an idiot thinks anyone is ever “unarmed”. Weapons are only limited by the imagination of the individual wielding them. People get killed everyday in this world with far more mundane weapons than guns.

      • John Patricio

        How can fatally shooting an unarmed man multiple times ever be “justified”?

  • Teufel Wolf

    He will off scott free by claiming PTSD.

  • uhoh

    Well, I guess he thought he would get off. OPPS

  • rankin1

    Qualified Immuniy he will be free this isthe second incident n rivereside county a off duty deputy shot and killed a person at a bar.

  • Officer Bueford P. Justice

    All of you have got it wrong. The dead man reached for his waist and then lunged
    towards the officer forcing him to defend himself.

    • Justice for ALL

      I know the law and that still does NOT justify his actions!!! He went though the academy and he KNOWS the use of force that is needed in that tyoe of situation… “reaching” into your pocket doesn’t not give someone the right to take out a gun and shoot you, just so he can “defend himself”… If he was a honorable deputy he would have analyzed the situation and realized that anything could have been in the man’s pocket and the proper action is to not SHOOT him, but instead wait until weapon is found or being brandished… this poor excuse of an officer could have use other tools LIKE COMMUNICATION OR CALL THE ON- DUTY POLICE (if he felt threatened?). This is an embarrassment to the law enforcement community, but most of all it is terrible that the people that are suppose to protect and serve us… shoot to kill!! PLEASE STOP WITH THE EXCUSES… THERE ARE NONE FOR HIS ACTIONS!!

      • Justice for ALL

        a couple typo’s… sorry… I WAS VERY UPSET WHEN I READ THE COMMENT ABOVE!

        doesn’t not= DOES NOT***

  • Justice for ALL

    It takes longer for someone to take out a gun and shoot someone than it takes for someone to pull something out of their pocket… RIGHT!?! NO EXCUSES!!

    • Living the dream

      In no way am I supporting or justifying this persons actions but am commenting on your question reference the time involved in pulling a duty weapon…there is a study conducted by the FBI and supported by the majority of SWAT teams throughout the world. The study required officers to already have their weapons drawn and on their targets. The reaction time it took 100% of the officers was longer than the suspect/target to pull a weapon and fire upon the officer. This is due to the time it takes to process the threat. Just a little FYI.

  • Marty

    At least he shot the guy he had a disagreement with and not somebody else in the bar that had nothing to do with this. (I assume they were not the only people in the bar) What the sheriff did was commit a crime and he needs to pay the price for it just like anybody else. Just because you have a badge does not give you the right to go around killing people to prove your point in a bar.

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  • John C. Randolph

    Assuming that this is one of the very rare times when a felon with a badge will actually see some consequences for his crime, I also want to know if there will be any inquiry into just how the police department that hired him made this terrible mistake? Who recruited him? Who was his supervisor? Why were they unable to recognize his violent and irrational inclinations?

    This perp is off to jail and that’s all well and good, but this should also result in the dismissal of his entire chain of command from the public payroll, and a lifetime ban from serving in any position of public trust.

  • Ronin Cheburashka FaceKontrol

    The cop said ‘I’m a cop, I can do whatever I want.”
    The full story is in the Daily Mirror in the UK. This man was murdered by a psycho cop.

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