On Thursday, May 13, 1982 at about 8:30 am, Riverside police officers Dennis C. Doty and Philip N. Trust, who worked in the felony warrant section of the police department, were killed when they attempted to serve an arrest warrant at a house on Wolfe Avenue in the city. They were attempting to arrest Jackson Chambers Daniels Jr. who had failed to appear in court for sentencing in a bank robbery case. Daniels had become a paraplegic two years prior when he was shot by officers while committing the robbery.

On Thursday, May 13, 1982, at about 8:30 a.m., Riverside police officers Philip N. Trust and Dennis C. Doty were killed in the line of duty while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a convicted bank robbery suspect who had failed to report to begin serving a 13-year sentence. The incident the suspect had been convicted of involved a 1980 robbery of a Riverside bank and a high-speed chase that culminated in a shoot out with police officers. The suspect had been wounded during the shoot out and paralyzed from the waist down as a result of his wounds.

The suspect, Jackson Chambers Daniels Jr., had pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon on police officers, robbery and being an ex-felon in possession of a concealed firearm. He later attempted to change his guilty plea. Daniels had been sentenced to 13 years in state prison, but he had been free on bail while appealing his conviction. After the appeal failed, he was scheduled to report to court for final sentencing on April 28.

Judge John H. Hews issued a bench warrant for his arrest when Daniels failed to appear in court.

Both officers were working in plain clothes, assigned to the warrant detail. They had responded to an address on Wolfe Street in Riverside on the basis of recent information that the suspect they were looking for was at that location. When the officers arrived, they found Daniels, nude in his wheelchair, in a bedroom at the front of the residence. The officers allowed Daniels to reach onto a bed to grab a shirt. Daniels, however, pulled a gun from where it had been concealed under him and shot the two police officers. Doty died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head, while Trust died of gunshot injuries to the chest and stomach area. Each officer was shot once. Officer Trust returned fire during the shootout, wounding Daniels in the hand. Daniels managed to escape and remain at large for approximately 60 hours. He was subsequently arrested in Rubidoux, California by Riverside police officers.

Officer Trust, 36, was a 10-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda, and four children, Tammy, Jason, Jeromy and Joshua.

Officer Doty, 35, was also a 10-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department and is survived by his parents and two sisters who live in Riverside.

Both officers served in Vietnam War, Officer Doty with the Army and Officer Trust with the Navy.  They both served with distinction during their time at Riverside and they will be missed very much by their fellow officers and friends.

Officer Dennis C. Doty and Officer Philip N. Trust

Riverside Police Department Safe In His Arms Memorial