Dave Rice 4:30 p.m., Sept. 19
Four-year-old cop shooting case delayed again
Ronald Jay Sisson, now 39, is facing trial for murder after police reportedly shot and killed a female passenger in his car, almost five years ago.
It was the night of November 1 in 2007 when officers from Costa Mesa confronted Sisson in Carlsbad, according to court documents. Early accounts claimed that Sisson rammed his vehicle into a police cruiser, then three officers opened fire on Sisson’s vehicle and shot the person in the passenger seat in the head.
Esther Elizabeth Evans, 22, was airlifted to hospital but succumbed to her injuries two days later.
There were conflicting reports about whether the officers from Orange County were trying to pick up Sisson for parole violations, or for the alleged abduction of a 5-month-old girl named Autumn Olsen.
When the fatal confrontation was first reported, the man in the car was identified as Brian Lee Olsen; that name was later declared an alias, and the defendant has been identified in court documents for years as Ronald Jay Sisson.
Sisson has been charged with murder and three assaults with a deadly weapon on the three police officers, according to paperwork filed with San Diego’s North County Superior Court. The defendant was brought into court this morning, but his trial was delayed again until October 29. Sisson is held in lieu of $1 million bail.
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