Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
It was the evening of November 1, 2007 when police officers from Orange County reportedly fired on a man driving a car in Carlsbad and a female passenger in the car suffered fatal gunshot wounds to her head.
Police officers from Costa Mesa reportedly tried to serve a warrant for parole violations on Brian Lee Olsen, then 34 years old. They confronted Olsen after he left a home on Olive Avenue, in San Diego’s North County.
Olsen drove his car towards officers and might have rammed the officers, according to different accounts, and three police officers fired on the car. Those officers are named in court paperwork as Kraus and Wisner and Fettis.
Olsen drove off but soon crashed his car into a nearby utility pole and fled the scene; an Oceanside Police canine found him the same night.
The fatally wounded passenger, Esther Elizabeth Evans, 22, was airlifted to hospital but succumbed to her wounds two days later.
Since the incident, the fugitive-now-defendant has been renamed Ronald Sisson, now 39-years-old; the name Brian Lee Olsen is said to be an alias.
There are statements in the court file alluding to a “kidnapped baby” and the “impending rescue of Autumn Olson, age 5 months, from the Olive Street home,” but the connection to the shooting incident, if any, is unclear.
Ronald Sisson, aka Brian Lee Olsen, has been charged with murder in the death of his passenger, and assault with a deadly weapon on officers. He is held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Prosecutor Brenda Daly said a trial date was delayed again today, the next court date is September 11.