San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

Date/Time:  Sunday, April 10, 2015 at 7:52 a.m.

Incident:  Death Investigation

Location:  West Valley Detention Center

Victim:  Cleveland Burris, black male, 32 year old resident of Riverside


On Sunday, April 10, 2015, at approximately 7:52 a.m., deputies were serving the morning meal when they attempted to wake Burris for his meal. Burris was unresponsive to the deputies requests and appeared to be suffering a medical emergency. Burris was the only occupant of the cell. Medical aid was immediately provided by deputies and facility medical personnel, including CPR. Burris was transported to Kaiser Hospital in Fontana and pronounced deceased at 8:47 a.m. During random hourly checks throughout the night, deputies observed Burris sleeping and at times snoring inside of his cell.


As per department policy, Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives responded and are conducting the investigation. An autopsy will be condcuted by the Riverside County Coroner to determine the exact cause of death.


The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.


Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact, Sheriff’s Homicide Detail, Detective Mark Green or Sergeant Jason Radeleff at (909) 387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME 927463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at


Refer: Detective Mark Green
Station: Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail
Phone No: (909) 387-3589
Case No: 341600459 H# 2016 – 29

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700