Coroner's Bureau

  1. Armstrong

    James Armstrong

    Captain

  2. Coroner's Office

    Physical Address
    800 S. Redlands Ave.
    Perris, CA 92570


    Directions

    Phone: 951-443-2300

RSO Coroner LogoThe Coroner’s Office was established on May 2, 1893. On January 4, 1999, the Coroner’s Office consolidated with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, becoming the 42nd county in the state to consolidate the Coroner’s Office with the Sheriff’s Office.

The Coroner investigates and reports on all violent, sudden or unusual deaths of persons within the County as established by California law.

In the State of California there are five manners, or classifications, of deaths:

  • Natural: Natural deaths are due solely or nearly totally to disease and / or the aging process.
  • Accident: Accident applies when an injury or poisoning causes death and there is little or no evidence the injury or poisoning occurred with the intent to harm or cause death. In essence, the fatal outcome was unintentional.
  • Suicide:Suicide results from an injury or poisoning as the result of an intentional, self-inflicted act committed to do self harm or cause the death of one’s self.
  • Homicide:Homicide occurs when the death results from a volitional act committed by another person to cause fear, harm, or death. Intent to cause death is a common element but is not required for classification as homicide. It is to be emphasized the classification of homicide for the purposes of death certification is a “neutral” term and neither indicates nor implies criminal intent.
  • Undetermined: Undetermined is a classification used when the information pointing to one manner of death is no more compelling than one or more other competing manners of death in thorough consideration of all available information.

Source: National Association of Medical Examiners, “A Guide For Manner Of Death Classification” First Edition, February 2002.

A manner of death of “Pending” may be issued during the course of the Coroner’s investigation. This allows for the death certificate to be filed within the eight-day State mandate while the Coroner completes the death investigation.

The Coroner may hold an inquest if the circumstances warrant. The inquest may be held with or without a jury, at the Coroner’s discretion and shall be open to the public.

Death Reviews

When a death occurs in our county involving an inmate at a prison or county detention facility or when a person dies by the hands of law enforcement or in a situation with law enforcement involvement, we immediately begin the Coroner Review process. This process is a formal legal process used to establish the cause, manner, and mode of death.

Location and Contact

Coroner's West is located at 800 S. Redlands in the city of Perris, you can call at 951-443-2300.

Coroner's East is located at 47255 Oasis Street in the city of Indio, you can call at 760-863-8311


  1. Mandatory Investigations
  2. Additional Investigations
  3. Press Releases 
  4. Unidentified Persons
  5. Forms

Government Code, State of California, Section 27491 and Health and Safety Code Section 102850 mandate that the Sheriff-Coroner inquires into the following deaths:

  • Accidental poisoning from:
    • Chemical
    • Drug
    • Food
    • Therapeutic agents
  • Associated with a known or alleged rape or crime against nature
  • Deaths in the custody of law enforcement, in prison or while under sentence
  • Deaths in state hospitals serving the mentally or developmentally disabled
  • The deceased has not been attended by a physician in the 20 days prior to death
  • Deaths from:
    • Alcoholism
    • Aspiration
    • Cutting
    • Drowning
    • Drug addiction
    • Exposure
    • Fire
    • Gunshot
    • Hanging
    • Stabbing
    • Starvation
    • Strangulation
  • Following an accident, or injury (primary or contributory, occurring immediately or at some remote time)
  • Involving any criminal action or suspicion of a criminal act, in whole or in part
  • Known or suspected contagious disease constituting a public health hazard
  • Known or suspected homicide
  • Known or suspected suicide
  • Occupational diseases or occupational hazards
  • Physician unable to state the cause of death
  • Related to or following known or suspected self-induced or criminal abortion
  • Suspected Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Unattended deaths