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42nd Anniversary of the Infamous Norco Bank Robbery, Grand-Daughter of Slain Deputy Becomes Officer

42nd Anniversary of the Infamous Norco Bank Robbery, Grand-Daughter of Slain Deputy Becomes Officer

42nd Anniversary of the Infamous Norco Bank Robbery, Grand-Daughter of Slain Deputy Becomes Officer

42nd Anniversary of the Infamous Norco Bank Robbery, Grand-Daughter of Slain Deputy Becomes Officer

42nd Anniversary of the Norco Bank Robbery

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Press Release

May 9, 1980, marks a very important day as we remember the ultimate sacrifice of Deputy James B. Evans. On this day, 42 years ago, Deputy Evans was shot and killed when he was ambushed by bank robbers during the infamous Norco Bank Robbery. This incident drew deputies and police from across the Inland Empire into a running gun battle that is still one of the most violent in American History.

Today we honor Deputy James Evans with the following tribute. ??The memory of his heroism will live on forever.?

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Remembering Deputy James Evans, EOW: 05.09.1980

On May 9, 1980, five men dressed in Army fatigues robbed the Security Pacific Bank in Norco. The men were carrying automatic weapons and were heavily armed. Several deputies responded and a gunfight ensued in the parking lot. One suspect was shot and killed and several others fled the scene in a stolen car. While fleeing with approximately $20,000 in cash, the suspects were chased by many local law enforcement agencies.

Many deputies and one CHP officer were struck by gunfire. A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department helicopter was shot down by the robbers. The desperate suspects also shot at civilian children, striking two, who survived with minor wounds. Towards the end of the vehicular pursuit, Deputy James Evans assumed the lead car. The suspects set up an ambush as Deputy Evans rounded a curve in the remote mountainous region called Lytle Creek. The suspects pointed their high-powered rifles and shot Deputy Evan who died moments later.

The suspects fled on foot and a massive manhunt for them was conducted through the night and into the next day. Three of the five suspects were captured. One suspect was killed at the bank and another was killed while being apprehended.

Deputy James Evans had served with RSO for five years and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Deputy Evans began his law enforcement career in 1974 as a Reserve Officer with Colton Police Department. He attended the Riverside County Sheriff’s 61st Basic Academy in the fall of 1975. Deputy Evans left behind a wife and six children. On this day, we remember Deputy James Evans and his selfless service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Following in Deputy Evans’ footsteps is his granddaughter, Brittany Bille. Brittany is currently enrolled in the Washington Criminal Justice Training Center in Seattle, WA. Upon her graduation next week, she will become an officer with Bellingham Police. Congratulations, Brittany!

#riversidesheriff #serviceaboveself #inmemoriam #neverforgotten # legacy

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