FRENCH VALLEY: Dispute between neighbors leads to one shot, one detained

FRENCH VALLEY — What began as a neighbor dispute erupted in gunfire during a volatile incident that happened in a newer and otherwise quiet, residential neighborhood, Friday, August 25.

The shooting, which resulted in one person being transported to an area hospital with “non life-threatening injuries,” happened in the 38000 block of Talavera Court, between Murrieta Hot Springs and Pourroy Roads, in French Valley.

A man was shot when a dispute between neighbors escalated and turned violent. The street where the shooting happened was less than one-half mile from two nearby schools.

“At this time the incident appears to be a result of a neighborhood dispute,” Sergeant Geoff Green explained in a written press release after the incident, adding that there were no unidentified or outstanding suspects related to the non-fatal shooting incident and that there was no immediate threat to the public.

Although the shooting happened while school was in session at nearby Alamos Elementary and Bella Vista Middle Schools, which are both located just one-half mile from where the shooting happened, because all the involved parties were located and accounted for, neither schools were locked down after the shooting or during the subsequent hours-long investigation.

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Southwest Station were dispatched to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon on the street at about 10:47 a.m., after several witnesses and area residents called 911 to report the shooting. Callers reported hearing as many as four shots fired during the incident; which reportedly happened in the roadway.

When sheriff and fire personnel arrived at the scene they found an adult male suffering from at last one apparent gunshot wound. Officials also located and detained the person who allegedly shot the victim.

“The names of the victim and suspect will not be released pending the completion of the investigation,” according to Green.

Based on the circumstances, Southwest Station investigators responded to the scene and assumed the investigation, which is active and ongoing.

While sheriff’s officials investigated the shooting, they called for the temporary closure of Talavera Court, which was blocked off at the intersection of Encanto Road. The roadway was still closed at 3:30 p.m., several hours after the investigation began.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Detective Bureau at the Southwest Station (951) 696-3000 or Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch (951) 776-1099. Callers can refer to incident file number SW172370012 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 13 – soon to be 14 – grandchildren.

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