Officials investigating Moreno Valley in-custody death

MORENO VALLEY — Officials are investigating after a man reportedly died shortly after being taken into custody in Moreno Valley early yesterday morning, Tuesday, June 4. According to sheriff’s officials, the person who died was detained in connection with a battery but was cooperating with deputies when he went into cardiac arrest and collapsed.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Police Department responded to the 17000 block of Bronco Ln. at 3:36 a.m., after receiving reports of a battery at a residence, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Wallace Clear later reported.

Deputies arrived within minutes and detained a 25-year-old man in front of the residence where the reported battery occurred, according to Clear.

“The male was cooperative and complied with deputies’ instructions,” Clear described. “While being detained, the suspect went into cardiac arrest and deputies immediately began lifesaving measures until paramedics arrived.”

The suspect was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The man’s name has not been released publicly pending further investigation and notification of the person’s family.

Based on the circumstances, and in accordance with Sheriff’s Department policy regarding in-custody deaths, investigators from both the Moreno Valley Police Department and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation, which is active and on-going.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Stoyer at (951) 955-2777, or Moreno Valley Police Department Investigator Rowe at (951) 486-6700. Callers can refer to incident file number MV191550013 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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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