BANNING: Officials investigating in-custody death

BANNING — Authorities are investigating an in-custody death after a man died at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, Sunday, Oct. 8, according to sheriff’s officials.

Deputies assigned to the correctional facility discovered an unresponsive Hispanic male adult “within the intake area of the jail” about 12:25 a.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Walter Mendez explained in a written press release after the man’s death.

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Officials did not specify if the man was an existing inmate or if he was going through the booking process. Officials also did not advise what the deceased inmate was in custody for.

After deputies located the unresponsive subject, “life saving measures were initiated and medical personnel summoned,”  said Mendez. In spite of their efforts the inmate later died.

Officials have not released the man’s name, pending further investigation and notification of the person’s family.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the facility and assumed the investigation, They were assisted by investigators assigned to the jail.

“There are no signs of foul play and due to the ongoing status of the investigation, no further information is available at this time,” said Mendez.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Dan Moody of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3525. Callers can refer to incident file number BC172810001 and can remain anonymous.


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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, 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 as well as 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, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries 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 27 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 14 grandchildren.

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