Armed with two knives, Beaumont man fatally shot by officers

BEAUMONT — A man wielding two large knives during a domestic violence related incident in Beaumont was fatally shot by officers, after he refused to comply with their orders to drop the knives and advanced toward them while still armed.

The deadly shooting happened last night, Friday evening, Aug. 9, outside a private residence on the 600 block of Michigan Ave., a neighborhood located northwest of Pennsylvania Ave and the 10 Freeway.

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City of Beaumont police officers were dispatched to the home about 6:30 p.m., after receiving reports of an “in-progress domestic violence incident” at the residence, Riverside Sheriff’s spokesperson Deputy Mike Vasquez later reported.

Witnesses later told media they had called 911 after seeing a bleeding woman down on the ground screaming for help, while the alleged suspect attacked her.

Countless officials flooded into a Beaumont neighborhood after a man was fatally shot by officers who responded to reports of a domestic violence related incident last night. John Strangis/RMG News photo

When officers arrived at the scene they encountered a man who exited his residence “armed with two large knives,” Vasquez explained.

According to witnesses, despite officers repeatedly ordering the man to drop the knives he refused to comply. Moments later, about half a dozen shots rang out.

“The suspect advanced toward the officers and an officer involved shooting occurred,” said Vasquez. “Officers attempted lifesaving measures and called for paramedics.”

Although paramedics arrived and rushed the alleged suspect to an area hospital, the man ultimately succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The victim involved in the incident was also taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries. She is expected to survive.

After the shooting Beaumont PD officials requested Riverside County Sheriff’s Department conduct an independent investigation of the deadly incident; at which  time Central Homicide Unit investigators responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

The suspect’s name has not been released pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family, according to Vasquez.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave per Beaumont PD’s policy and the officers’ names have not been released.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Johnson with the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number R192210003 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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