Suspect Who Died After Tangling with Deputies Identified

RIVERSIDE – A suspected carjacker who died following an altercation with the sheriff’s deputies trying to arrest him was identified today as a 33-year-old Hemet resident.

Robert Palmer died Saturday at Riverside County Regional Medical Center, where he was taken for treatment two days earlier after the confrontation with deputies.

The cause of death was under investigation. An autopsy is pending, according to the coroner’s office.

Deputies encountered Palmer shortly after midnight Thursday after he allegedly attempted to forcibly take a motorist’s vehicle near the intersection of Indian Avenue and the Ramona Expressway in Perris, said sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Torrenti.

He said when Palmer spotted deputies, he took off running, but they quickly caught up to him.

”The suspect refused to comply with the deputies and fought with them,” Torrenti said. ”After they struggled with the suspect, he was taken into custody.”

It was unclear whether deputies deployed any type of non-lethal device, such as a Taser or pepper spray, to gain his compliance.

Palmer was transported to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries immediately after being taken into custody, Torrenti said.

3 Responses to "Suspect Who Died After Tangling with Deputies Identified"

  1. annonomous   August 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    thats wrong. they used excessive force and should be banned from the force

  2. Thank you   September 24, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Thanks for saving us tax payers millions of dollars and preventing countless other violent crimes that this dirt bag would have committed

  3. caitlynn lawson   May 16, 2014 at 3:34 am

    thats my dad he is not a dirt bag he was beaten nearly to death by cops in 2010 and he has been a little slow since then . he was trying to get help and flag down a cop or a person driving by because he was scared he thought someone had been following him . Which there was . He was diagnosed with server brain damage in 2010 . And the doctors told us he would never be the same . i even have the video from the hooka lounge that caught the whole thing on camera . how can u say good job and thank you for taking the life of a husband father brother and grandfather .

    What would you do if someone was trying to hurt you and no one stopped to help you ?
    Now I will never be able to hear my dad’s voice , see his smile , smell his scent , or feel him hug me but you know what’s worse than that my two year old daughter was absolutely in aw with him and she won’t ever remember him alive . So thank u riverside county sheriffs department . I hope u all have an amazing day with your family .. when there gone u can’t ever make up for lost time .


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