Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date May 22, 2004
Contact Sergeant Steve Johnson
Phone (909) 320-8005
Fax (909) 320-8043


Man Killed in Driveway of Home

Riverside, Ca-  On Saturday May 22, 2004 at about 4:10 P.M. Riverside Police Officers responded to the 1300 block of Lockerton Lane after receiving a 911 call about a man down. Upon arrival officers located 34 year-old John Paul Burns lying in the driveway of his home. He had sustained severe wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Police are withholding details of Burnís injuries or the type of weapon used.

Witnesses provided a description of a man who was seen leaving the residence shortly before the police arrived. He left in Mr. Burns 2002 Porsche sports car. Police broadcast the description of the vehicle to other law enforcement agencies. At approximately 6:30 P.M. officers from the California Highway Patrol notified the Riverside Police Department that they had located the vehicle. The Porsche had been involved in a single car traffic collision on Highway 18 in the San Bernardino National Forest. The vehicle left the roadway and travelled down a 100-foot embankment. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and sustained serious wounds. A Mercy Air Helicopter flew him to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery. He is in critical condition.

The driver of the vehicle was identified at 24 year-old Enrique Rivera. He was Burnís roommate. He was arrested and if he survives he will be booked into the Riverside County Jail and charged with 187 P.C. Murder.

At the time of this writing, detectives are processing the residence for forensic evidence. Anyone with information related to this investigation are urged to contact Detective Dave Smith at 909-320-8062 or Detective Greg Rowe at 909-320-8024.