Richard Michael Pyorre : “Bodycam Video Released in Deputy-Involved Shooting Death of Lakeport Businessman”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Lakeport, California – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has released bodycam footage of a deputy-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Richard Michael Pyorre, 53, a well-known Lakeport businessman and owner of an insurance company. Pyorre was also a former wrestling coach for Clear Lake High School.

The incident occurred on November 16 when deputies responded to reports of an assault with a knife in the 100 block of Dixon Drive in Lakeport. Upon arrival, the deputies encountered Pyorre, who was armed with a loaded firearm. The sheriff’s office stated that the deputies made multiple attempts to de-escalate the situation, but Pyorre refused to comply. Consequently, he was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

The recently released bodycam video sheds light on the events leading up to the fatal shooting. It reveals that the deputies found the driveway barricaded with vehicles and a boat upon their arrival. They proceeded to enter the property and approached Pyorre, who drew a concealed loaded firearm from his waistband. The video includes additional details, such as a brief clip of cell phone footage showing Pyorre arguing with a family member while the firearm is visible from his waistband.

The 12-minute video starts with fire radio traffic reporting an assault involving a knife on Dixon Drive. As the deputies approach a large white house, a German shepherd comes around a trailer and is sprayed with pepper spray by Sgt. Ben Moore. Shortly after, a figure wearing a dark hoodie and jeans emerges from the side of the house. The video caption indicates that the suspect drew a loaded firearm from a holster in his front waistband. The figure then flees with the dog following closely behind.

Following the initial encounter, Pyorre is no longer visible in the bodycam footage. Moore calls out to him, instructing him to show his hands. A shot is fired, prompting Moore to warn Pyorre not to point the gun at them again. The deputies continue to call out to Pyorre, urging him to drop the gun and show his hands. Moore spots Pyorre on the other side of the pool in the backyard, pointing the gun at them. Another shot is fired, and Pyorre falls into the pool.

Measurements taken with Google Maps indicate that Pyorre was approximately 100 feet away from Moore when he was shot. The bodycam footage shows that approximately three minutes and 43 seconds elapsed from the initial encounter with the dog to the shooting. Pyorre was shot at 1:59 p.m., according to radio traffic.

This is not the first time Sgt. Ben Moore has been involved in a fatal shooting. In February 2018, he shot and killed Jason Richard Sienze, who brandished a handgun at him while backing down Lakeview Drive in a stolen pickup truck.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office website provides links to the video of the incident involving Pyorre, as well as reports and videos on previous use of force situations.

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