Raymond F. Ives died after attempting to save an indeterminate number of persons from assault, Valley Center, California, April 12, 2003. Ives, 61, was at work as a security officer for a casino and was posted at one of the establishment’s entrances when an armed man approached on foot to gain entry to the building. The man was a fugitive wanted in connection with an armed robbery that day, and other crimes, and he had been pursued to the premises of the casino by police. Although unarmed, Ives physically engaged the man to keep him from entering the building, but the man made his way through the doors opening to the lobby, Ives going to the floor. Two other casino employees rushed the man and tackled him. The man produced a loaded gun and fired it, hitting one of the other employees in the leg. Ives crawled to the assailant and further attempted to restrain him, but the assailant fired at Ives, striking him in the head at close range. The assailant then went toward the gaming area of the casino when police arrived and fired at him. He turned his gun on himself and inflicted a mortal wound. Ives was taken to the hospital, where he died seven hours later.
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