Search for woman ongoing after Perris officer involved shooting

PERRIS — Authorities are searching for a woman they allege tried to run down a deputy in a stolen vehicle early this morning, Wednesday, March 13. A deputy who was nearly struck by the stolen SUV opened fire at the woman, who managed to flee the area and evade apprehension. The shooting happened near the intersection of La More and West Metz roads, in Perris.


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This morning’s incident began around 3:40 a.m., when deputies assigned to Perris Sheriff’s Station spotted a stolen Chevrolet Trailblazer, Riverside Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Mike Vasquez explained after the incident and shooting. The SUV was occupied by a Hispanic female who has not yet been identified.

“As deputies approached the vehicle, the female driver accelerated toward deputies and a deputy involved shooting occurred,” said Vasquez. “The driver fled the scene, and additional law enforcement resources were called to assist.”

Responding deputies and other officials established a perimeter around the area and began searching for the vehicle and woman. Deputies eventually located the stolen, but unoccupied, SUV about a half-mile away, near the intersection of Diana St. and W. San Jacinto Ave.

Despite an extensive search for the woman, deputies were unable to locate her. She has been described as a Hispanic female, 30 to 40-years-old, and was last seen wearing a dark tank top and blue jeans. 

Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit investigators responded to the scene and assumed the shooting investigation, which is active and ongoing.

The sole deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave per Department policy, and the deputy’s name will not be released at this time.

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No deputies or citizens were injured during the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Sheriff’s Central Homicide Investigator Button at (951) 955-2777 or Perris Sheriff’s Station Investigator Negrete at (951) 210-1000. Callers can refer to incident file number PC190720007 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.

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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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