Inmate Who Killed Two Riverside Deputies Dead in Apparent Suicide

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Timothy Michael Russell, sentenced to death in the murders of two Riverside County deputies, was found dead of an apparent suicide. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation / October 7, 2013)

An inmate on death row for the murders of two Riverside County sheriff’s deputies was found dead in his cell Friday of an apparent suicide, authorities announced Monday.

Timothy Michael Russell was discovered unresponsive in his cell late Friday evening at San Quentin State Prison, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

He was pronounced dead at the prison the next morning, according to CDCR spokesman Michelle Mraule.

His death was being investigated as a suicide, Mraule said.

Russell was sentenced to death in 1999 for the slayings of deputies, James Lehmann Jr., 41, of Apple Valley, and Michael Haugen, 33, of San Jacinto.

The deputies were gunned down on Jan. 5, 1997, outside Russell’s residence while responding to a domestic violence call.