Woman fatally shot inside home after witnessing burglary

RIVERSIDE — Officials are searching for an unknown male after an apartment manager was shot dead inside her downtown Riverside residence early Thursday morning, June 6. The deadly shooting happened in the 3800 block of Cedar Ave. after the victim’s husband interrupted a suspected vehicle burglary and a male suspect fired a handgun into the victim’s residence as he was fleeing the area.

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City of Riverside Police and Fire Departments responded to the neighborhood around 3:45 a.m., after the City’s Public Safety Communications Center received reports of a shooting that had just occurred.

When officials arrived they found a woman who had been shot inside her residence. She was rushed to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased. The victim’s name has not been released, pending further investigation and notification of her family.

Detectives with the Robbery – Homicide Unit, along with specialists from the department’s Forensics Unit, responded to assume the investigation. They were assisted by the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.

During their preliminary investigation, detectives learned the victim’s husband interrupted a vehicle burglary that was happening across the street from the apartment where he and his wife reside.

The man who witnessed the burglary “shouted at the suspect,” at which time the suspect then got into the passenger side of a white sedan, according to Riverside PD officials.

“A few moments later, a single gunshot was fired into the residence and the suspect vehicle was seen leaving the area,” RPD explained. “The only suspect description available at this time is of an adult male in a white sedan.

Riverside PD’s investigation is ongoing and no further details were available at the time of this report.

Anyone with information is urged to immediately contact Detective Adrian Tillett at (951) 353-7105 or atillett@riversideca.gov, or Detective Karla Corbett at (951) 353-7134 or kcorbett@riversideca.gov. Those wishing to remain anonymous can email rpdtips@riversideca.gov or utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “Submit a Tip” feature while referencing report number 190016283.


Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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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