UPDATED: SAN JACINTO: SJ woman killed when shot multiple times identified

UPDATED: Monday, Nov. 13, 3 p.m.

SAN JACINTO — Officials have released the name of a San Jacinto woman who died in the street after she was shot multiple times Sunday afternoon, Nov. 12. The deadly shooting happened on the 100 block of N. Dillon Avenue between W. Cedar and Main Streets.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials identified Anna Meza, 31, of San Jacinto as the woman killed in the deadly encounter. According to a coroner’s release, Meza was shot at 3:16 p.m. and she died about 25 minutes later and was pronounced dead at 3:39 p.m.

Citing the ongoing investigation, sheriff’s officials who are investigating Meza’s slaying have not released any suspect information and have not specified if a motive is known.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Gomez of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3500 or Investigator Porrazzo at (951) 791-3400. Callers can refer to incident file number I173160037 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.

This is a developing story that will be updated as additional information becomes available.


ORIGINAL STORY: Officials conducting homicide investigation after woman fatally shot

SAN JACINTO — Authorities are investigating the murder of a woman who died in San Jacinto after she was reportedly shot, Sunday, Nov. 12. The deadly shooting happened on the 100 block of N. Dillon Avenue between W. Cedar and Main Streets, according to sheriff’s officials.

Deputies discuss the fatal shooting of a woman in San Jacinto, Sunday, Nov. 12. John Strangis photo

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s San Jacinto Police Station responded to the street about 3:15 p.m., after receiving reports of an assault with a deadly weapon at the location.

When deputies arrived in the area they located a female down in the middle of the street, suffering from apparent gun shot wounds, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Brosche explained in a written press release after the incident.

Witnesses to the shooting said when deputies arrived they immediately began performing CPR and attempting life-saving measures and requested medical aid to the scene. Despite their efforts the woman, who has not been publicly identified pending notification of her family, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

After the deadly shooting, law enforcement officials flooded into the area and quickly established a large crime scene, setting up barrier tape and posting deputies surrounding N. Dillon Avenue, in order to keep curious onlookers and media away from where the crime reportedly happened.

Investigators from the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station and the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

A sheriff’s mobile command center was set up near where the shooting happened and investigators, members of the department’s Forensic Services Bureau and other officials could be seen entering and exiting the command center as the investigation got underway.

The woman’s body remained in the roadway covered by a sheet for several hours, while investigators and other officials processed the crime scene and scoured the area for evidence.

Officials have not specified if they know the identity of the alleged shooter, if they have anyone in custody or if there was a known motive for the woman’s fatal shooting and no further information was immediately available.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to immediately contact sheriff’s officials at (951) 776-1099.

This is a developing story that will be updated as additional information becomes available.


Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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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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