Teen in stolen car shot during Hemet traffic stop

HEMET — Details are beginning to emerge after a teenager was shot and injured during a Hemet traffic stop of a stolen vehicle Wednesday evening, Jan. 2. The teen who was shot was treated at an area hospital for his injuries before later being turned over to the custody of his family, according to Hemet PD. The traffic stop and shooting happened in the parking lot of a small strip mall, northeast of the intersection of N. San Jacinto St. and E. Devonshire Ave.

Wednesday night’s shooting was the second officer-involved shooting involving Hemet police officers over a seven day period. The other shooting, which involved a man wanting to die by “suicide by cop” who shot at officers – who returned fire at the man – the previous Wednesday, Dec. 26. The suspect of that shooting was uninjured and later arrested and booked on a variety of charges related to the incident.

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Responding to a request for information related to the incident, Hemet Police Lt. Jeff Davis told RCNS this morning that City of Hemet Police Crime Suppression Unit detectives conducted the traffic enforcement stop about 9:46 p.m.

As officials were making the stop, they learned the small SUV had been reported stolen from the San Diego area and “detectives transitioned to a high-risk stop,” according to Davis.

Officials investigate an officer-involved shooting that wounded a 17-year-old from San Diego. Will Whelan/Hemet Valley Incidents photo

Without offering any further details about what actually led to the non-fatal shooting, Davis explained, “An officer involved shooting occurred during the stop.”

After the shooting, detectives requested additional resources, as well as medical personnel to the scene for the injured teen. Paramedics soon arrived and began treating the gunshot injured subject, who turned out to be a 17-year-old from the San Diego area.

“The male was transported to a nearby hospital where he received treatment for the non-life threatening gunshot wound and was released to his guardian,” said Davis.

Officials have not specified if the minor was driving or a passenger in the stolen vehicle or if he was expected to be charged with any crime.

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No officers or other citizens were injured during the shooting and Hemet PD’s investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to contact Hemet Police Detective Cpl. Paez at (951) 765-2324. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta 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. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s 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 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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