Officials nab gun-wielding man after Hemet pursuit

HEMET — Reports of a man waving a handgun in the back yard of a Hemet home led to a pursuit and later arrest of the subject, Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 8. The fleeing man was reportedly seen waving his handgun out the window of his car while he was being pursued both from the ground and in the air, by area officers and deputies.

After his arrest the alleged suspect, later identified as 25-year-old, Marte Deshawn Doss, was booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm. Jail records indicate he was cited with a ticket and released within hours of his arrest, and is scheduled to be arraigned at an unspecified court Mar. 20. He could face additional charges related to the chase when he goes to court.


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Hemet police officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Elmwood St. around 2:40 p.m., after the City’s Communication’s Center received a 911 call reporting a disturbance. 911 callers told emergency dispatchers that a black male adult was brandishing a gun and allegedly waving it around while arguing with other people at the residence.

When several officers arrived in the area they parked around the corner from the residence where the incident had been reported. Officers were making a cautious approach toward the residence on foot when the alleged suspect spotted them approaching. Radio traffic at the time indicated he immediately jumped into a black Nissan Altima and fled the scene at high-speed.

Officials apprehended Doss at the end of a 15- minute pursuit, during which the fleeing man was reportedly seen waving a handgun out the window of his Nissan. Gary Rainwater/RCNS photo

Officers put out a priority radio request for immediate assistance, and CHP officers, as well as ground and aviation unit deputies soon joined the hunt for Doss. With assistance from the Sheriff’s “Star-9” helicopter, officers quickly located the gun-wielding man speeding westbound on Whittier Ave.

When patrol officers and other officials caught up with Doss and attempted to conduct an investigatory traffic stop he refused to yield. Despite the officers’ lights and sirens, he sped away in an attempt to elude apprehension.

During the subsequent pursuit, which began just as some area schools were releasing students for the day, lasted about 15 minutes. According to witnesses and radio traffic, ground and air officials reported seeing Doss waving what appeared to be a handgun out the open window of the Nissan.

As the chase continued Doss was seen tossing the handgun from his car, and radio traffic indicated officers eventually found and recovered the weapon on the 600 block of Sandalwood St. Officers later determined the gun to be a Smith & Wesson .357 revolver registered to a man out of Los Angeles.

Doss eventually ended up back on the very street he had fled from, where he was taken down at gunpoint and quickly taken into custody without further incident. A woman who was believed to have been in the car with Doss was also handcuffed and detained at the scene, but it was not immediately known if she was arrested or charged with any crime.

As of this report, a request sent to Hemet PD for additional details and information had not yet been responded to.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Hemet PD at (951) 765-2400. Callers can refer to incident file number 19-225 and can remain anonymous.

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

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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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