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Deputy Dale Long, 42, was arrested for allegedly shooting Samuel Vanettes, 36, of Winchester, at Spelly's Pub and Grille in Murrieta on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Deputy Dale Long, 42, was arrested for allegedly shooting Samuel Vanettes, 36, of Winchester, at Spelly's Pub and Grille in Murrieta on Wednesday, Dec...
Murrieta police officers investigate the crime scene where an off-duty deputy allegedly shot a man in a pub.
Murrieta police officers investigate the crime scene where an off-duty deputy allegedly shot a man in a pub.

Trial Set for Deputy Accused of Gunning Down Bar Patron


Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Issue 51, Volume 15.
JP Raineri
Staff Writer/Multimedia Producer


MURRIETA - Jury selection is slated to get underway next week for the trial of a Riverside County sheriff's deputy accused of gunning down an unarmed patron at a Murrieta bar during an argument while he was off duty.

Dayle William Long could face 50 years to life in prison if convicted in the Dec. 21, 2011, shooting death of 36-year-old Samuel Vanettes of Winchester. Along with first-degree murder, Long faces sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

Pretrial motions in the case began today before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez, who scheduled the first panel of prospective jurors to appear at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta on Tuesday morning for screening as to their availability and qualifications.

Opening statements are expected to begin Nov. 12.

Long, 43, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center.

According to testimony from the defendant's March 2012 preliminary hearing, he was drinking at Spelly's Pub and Grille at 40675 Murrieta Hot Springs Road when a group of people playing darts invited him to join them. While they were socializing, an argument broke out between the off-duty deputy and a friend of Vanettes, witnesses said.

The exchange turned confrontational, but at no time did any of the bar patrons become physically aggressive toward the deputy, who initiated the altercation, according to witnesses.

"It was all verbal," Deputy District Attorney Dan DeLimon told City News Service. "No one ever pushed, touched or shoved Dayle Long in any way."

As the argument escalated, the 10-year law enforcement veteran allegedly pulled a compact .45 semiautomatic pistol from his waist and opened fire, striking Vanettes in the midriff and head. The victim, whom DeLimon said was not directly involved in the dispute, died at the scene.

Long surrendered peacefully when Murrieta police arrived. He last worked as a bailiff at one of the three downtown Riverside courthouses.

Deputy charged with murder after shooting of bar patron

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MURRIETA - An off-duty Riverside County sheriff's deputy accused of gunning down a man during a dispute in a Murrieta bar was charged today with murder.

Dayle William Long could face 50 years to life in prison if convicted in the shooting death of 36-year-old Samuel Vanettes of Winchester.

Long, who's in custody in lieu of $1 million bail, was slated to be arraigned this afternoon on the murder count, as well as gun and great bodily injury allegations.

District Attorney's Office spokesman John Hall said the decision to file the charges was made following a "thorough review of the evidence."

Long, a 10-year law enforcement veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Joe Borja. He said the 42-year-old defendant most recently worked as a bailiff at an area courthouse.

Long allegedly gunned down Vanettes inside Spelly's Pub and Grille at 40675 Murrieta Hot Springs Road on Wednesday night. Vanettes was shot several times shortly before 8 p.m. and died at the scene.

Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad said arriving officers found Long standing alone outside the bar, which was occupied by a couple dozen people at the time.

"(He) immediately identified himself to the officers as an off-duty Riverside sheriff's deputy" and was taken into custody without incident, the lieutenant said.

Witnesses reported hearing four or more shots. The reason for the shooting was not immediately clear, though there were indications of an argument between the defendant and victim.

Spelly's Pub and Grill posted a note on the bar's Facebook page Wednesday night saying, "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."


Deputy Dale Long suspected in fatal attack Spelly's Pub and Grille describes it as "horrible tragedy"

MURRIETA - An off-duty Riverside County sheriff's deputy was behind bars today on suspicion of fatally shooting a man during a dispute at a Murrieta pub. Dayle William Long, 42, was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of murder and booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, where he's being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Long, a 10-year Sheriff's Department employee, has been placed on paid administrative leave and his peace officer powers suspended, according to sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Joe Borja. He said the suspect most recently worked as a bailiff at one of the area courthouses. Long allegedly gunned down 36-year-old Samuel Vanettes of Winchester at Spelly's Pub and Grille at 40675 Murrieta Hot Springs Road on Wednesday night, according to Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad. Vanettes was shot several times about 8 p.m. and died at the scene, according to the coroner's office. Conrad said arriving officers found Long standing alone outside the bar. "(He) immediately identified himself to the officers as an off-duty Riverside sheriff's deputy," the lieutenant said. Witnesses identified Long as the alleged shooter, and Advertisement
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he was taken into custody without incident. ABC7 reported there were 20 to 30 people inside the bar at the time of the shooting. "Across the bar there was a little bit of an altercation going on, it doesn't really seem like it would be anything outside of the normal at a bar you know...Then you heard about four shots, may have been more," a bystander told Channel 7. Spelly's Pub and Grill posted a note on the bar's Facebook page Wednesday night saying, "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." Conrad said the Sheriff's Department is conducting an "internal investigation" to determine what transpired. Anyone with information about the case was asked to call Murrieta police at (951) 696-3615.


MURRIETA - On Dec. 21, at 7:59 p.m. Deputy Dayle Long was involved in an off-duty shooting at a "pub and grille" within the city limits of Murrieta. On Wednesday, Dec. 21, off-duty Deputy Dale Long, 42, shot Samuel Vanettes, 36, of Winchester at Spelly's Pub and Grille in Murrieta. The shooting is being handled as a criminal investigation by the Murrieta Police Department. Long was subsequently booked into the Southwest Detention Center for 187 P.C. Long has been employed by the Sheriff's Department for ten years and is assigned to Sheriff's Court Services West Division. Long's peace officer powers have been suspended. He will be placed on administrative leave if released from custody.


MURRIETA - The off-duty Riverside County sheriff's deputy who allegedly shot someone at Spelly's Pub and Grille in Murrieta was in custody today, Dec. 22, on suspicion of fatally shooting a man, according to police. The deputy allegedly shot 36-year-old Samuel Vanettes of Winchester at Spelly's Pub and Grille at 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. 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." The deputy was identified as the shooter and arrested without incident. His identity will be released when the sheriff's department completes an internal investigation, Conrad said. ABC7 reported there were 20 to 30 people inside the bar at the time of the shooting. "Across the bar there was a little bit of an altercation going on, it doesn't really seem like it would be anything outside of the normal at a bar you know...Then you heard about four shots, may have been more," a bystander told the station. 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." The deputy 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. Anyone with information about the case was asked to call the Murrieta Police Department at (951) 696-3615.


Murrieta - On Wednesday evening, December 21st, at approximately 7:59 pm Murrieta Police Officers responded to a call regarding a man with a gun and some kind of disturbance inside the bar at Spelly's Pub and Grille, which is located at 40675 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, unit B-1. According to Lt. Tony Conrad, "Officers arrived on scene at which point they located a man standing in front of the building and confirmed him as a possible shooter according to witnesses." After being taken into custody the shooter did in fact inform officers that he was an off duty Riverside County Deputy Sheriff, whose identity is being withheld while there is an ongoing investigation. Patrons described the encounter as a malicious act of violence that resulted in the death of an unknown white male who had been shot several times after an alleged altercation with the off-duty Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy that took place inside the Pub. A small caliber hand gun was used in the shooting and did belong to the off-duty Sheriff's Deputy. "At this point we don't know if alcohol played a part in this shooting or what the alcohol content was on anybody as we are still in the preliminary stages of our investigation," says Lt. Conrad. Murrieta Police Detectives are handling this investigation in conjunction with the Riverside County District Attorneys office as well as the Riverside County Sheriff's department as the investigation moves forward.
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25 comments

Comment Profile ImageObserver m
Comment #1 | Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 at 10:40 am
Wow another cop kills someone at at bar in this area. Why dont cops follow the laws about not carrying guns in public areas?
Comment Profile ImageConcerned Citizen
Comment #2 | Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm
How does an off duty Sheriff who has been drinking shots, shoot an unarmed man five times? Think something is really wrong here...
Comment Profile Imagepeace keeper
Comment #3 | Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm
police are suppose to be protecting and keeping the peace,- not killing someone after they have been drinking at a bar. The altercation should have be taken outside and handled hand to hand, and not get trigger happy because your allowed to carry a gun. so disappointing- I'm sure they will make the victim seem like parole just released to down play the situation like they did in old town a couple years back.
Comment Profile ImageWAKE UP
Comment #4 | Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm
"At this point we don't know if alcohol played a part in this shooting" REALLY!

iF DRUNKS ARE NOT SHOOTING PEOPLE, THEY ARE KILLING THEM ON THE ROADS OF TEMECULA, MURRIETA..
Comment Profile ImageLOL
Comment #5 | Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm
What laws would you be referring to when you say by not carrying guns in public areas? For Peace officers...who are given the right to carry concealed...I'm pretty sure there isn't any. This is a case of poor judgement and idiocity on the count of the off duty deputy. But there is way more to this story.....
Comment Profile Imageck
Comment #6 | Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm
This is the reason I fear cops and I am a 35 year old whit male! They can and will shoot you and most often will get away with it!!
Comment Profile ImageSteve Piazza
Comment #7 | Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm
You will be missed my friend. Love you Sammy. I hope you are in a better place now.
Comment Profile ImageNancy B.
Comment #8 | Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm
Always a smile and something pleasant to say. Gone too soon Sam. Prayers for your family.
Comment Profile ImageLee Chew
Comment #9 | Friday, Dec 23, 2011 at 5:05 am
I'm sure the Union for Riverside County Deputy Sheriffs will get him off or all charges dropped. Just watch, it will be self-defence claim.
Comment Profile ImageRob
Comment #10 | Friday, Dec 23, 2011 at 10:22 am
My best friend Sam.. Im sorry Man.. We will miss you.. They need to pass a law that guns not be taken into bars to off duty peace officers.. The Gun man is a POS and hope he gets put away for a long time at the least.. Sam was a great guy, very humble and very giving.. Such a tragedy..... That monster better hope he never walks freely down my path... That's all I have to say..
Comment Profile Imageobserver
Comment #11 | Friday, Dec 23, 2011 at 11:04 am
cop coldbloodedly shoots down a citizen and they put him on "paid leave"???
Comment Profile Imagegary stein
Comment #12 | Saturday, Dec 24, 2011 at 12:49 am
No one know the whole story.... If you fear cops your dumb... go to a country with no real cops and see what it is like... You go to sleep tonight safely because a cop is watching your back. I'm not saying this cop was in the right... but at least wait for the whole story to come out.
Comment Profile Imagemom
Comment #13 | Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Instead of casting blame why not pray for all those involved. There is always two sides to a story and you should be inocent until proven guilty, not guilty and you have to prove yourself.

God bless all involved.
Comment Profile ImageWhat!
Comment #14 | Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 at 10:26 am
Why is it the profession of law enforcement ,in whole ,is always tainted by one person actions. The person who commented he was a 35 year old and afraid of cops is foolish or a doper who feel his past arrest was an injustice. Cops are allowed to carry weapons off duty to not only protect themselves but also thier wives and children, because they never know while shopping for groceries or something mondain as that, they may be approached by one of the many scum they protect the general public from. Every person who lumps all law enforcement together because of one persons actions, is to me a person with prejudice tendancies, and that scares me even more.
Comment Profile ImageJim
Comment #15 | Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 12:04 am
I am retired law enforcement. This is why I never took my weapon with me to a bar, or a place that I would be drinking. When you start drinking and you have a gun, you are opening yourself.
Comment Profile ImagePullItOut
Comment #16 | Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm
What we have wives and children? Anyone that doesnt see that this is not a one cop insodent is living in a bubble. More and more Police brutality footage is being shot and each time they come up with a valid reason to keep striking someone while they are down. Not 1 or 2 but 3 and 4 if you cant cuff a individual with 4 Officers something is running a muck!
Comment Profile ImageREALLY??
Comment #17 | Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 3:57 am
First off not every officer or deputy is a killer. You cannot blame all law enforcement for the actions of one or even several officers' actions. This entire situation is sad and extremely unfortunate. My prayers go out to the family for their loss. Let's turn this around. How many times have YOU had a drink and got behind the wheel of a vehicle and put hundreds of people's lives and families at risk for killing them?? Hmm.. That's what I thought. Now.. How many times have you driven through a check point and a law enforcement officer arrested a drunk driver and removed a potential killer off the roads?? You praise those officers. Right? Of course. Or how about those of you who have killed someone yourself because You were negligent in YOUR own actions or been arrested for YOUR actions that could potentially kill someone else? Oh so does that mean EVERYONE is a killer or potential killer? Because ONE black, white, or hispanic kills someone does that mean that ENTIRE race is to blame? SO DON'T blame EVERY officer for ones negligent actions. Because I can bet my own life YOU have made bad decisions that could kill someone because of drinking, drugs or just plain stupidity. But it does not mean the entire human race is to blame. That one officer's stupidity does NOT mean every officer is to blame. Think before you speak. It's a tragedy but when was the last time you thanked an officer for SAVING YOUR LIFE? That's what I thought. To all Police officers and Deputy's out there that do their job for your community. I thank you for keeping me and my family safe. For the bad apples out there, you should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Comment Profile ImageMike
Comment #18 | Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Based on what I've heard about this case, I don't think this guy will get any support or preferential treatment. This is a much different situation that happened a few years back , when the off duty Costa Mesa cop shot in self defense. Can't imagine this guy will get off. He clearly over reacted and has no excuse for what he did. I'm sure the law enforcement community will support prosecuting this rogue idiot to the fullest extent. What a pathetic excuse for a cop!! This is is exactly the type that nobody needs on the force!!!
Comment Profile ImageIris
Comment #19 | Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm
Here's the bottom line you silly rabbits. The officer needs to be put away for a long time for murder. There are many ways to diffuse situations that occur in an environment of intoxication.

Cops are not supposed to act that way. They are held to higher standards than the normal citizens. I repsect police officers for what they do, day in and day out....but there are certain responsibilites that they must uphold.
Comment Profile ImageTornadoe
Comment #20 | Friday, Feb 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm
They are all just donut nazis!
Judge Juror Executioner and a legend in their own minds.
Comment Profile ImageD. Anderson
Comment #21 | Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm
I remember a few years back when I was enjoying the Rod Run in Old Town until an off duty Police man in a bar shot and killed a man during an argument, we live in an area that is over populated with over aggressive police, on or off duty. Lett's make a new law regarding cops and guns in bars in Riverside county, if we did it the last time, it would not of happend a second time.
You don't protect and serve me while you'r drinking in a bar!
Comment Profile Imagetemres
Comment #22 | Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 11:12 am
lee chew, whats your beef with unions? teachers have unions to secure a fair pay, doctors at hospitals, fire fighters too, your mail man, etc... you may not like them, many probably don't, but fact is that unions represent some of the most important jobs around. find a nonunion firefighter to put out a fire or a nonunion doctor to remove an appendix...ignorance. im not union myself so...

prayer still to the family, so soon before the holidays was truly tragic.

they carry concealed to protect themselves if accidently recognized by baaaad people and to remain first responders, they serve 24h even if they only get paid for 8.

taking a gun to a bar was incredibly irresponsible, and paid leave inexcusable. we need more new and bigger recruiting sources, and with the troops returning, we can afford to be pickier about who passes and who fails...now if only we had the money to hire better people.

see dust settles comments for economics forecast, and pray murrietta and temecula doesn't loose their teachers and eventually quality law enforcement.

prayers for healing for the vanettes family, never fear the guilty will be punished, and hopefully changes will be made.
Comment Profile ImageRoni C.
Comment #23 | Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm
This happened to my brother and the cops just covered it up because their family member did it....Instead of calling 911 the murderer called his cop brother who coached him on what to do and say before the investigators showed up. They changed the crime scene...he told the press one story then the police report had another...nothing happened to him...He's as free as bird while my only brother is deceased. No one should be above the law because of their job...We are all human, subject to error...
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Comment Profile ImageRon C.
Comment #24 | Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm
Lee Chew you are right...I bet...
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #25 | Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 at 10:01 am
@Lee Chew and Ron C. -- Time to put your seat belt on.

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