Three dead after Beaumont shooting – Murder/suicide suspected

BEAUMONT — Three people are dead after gunfire erupted at a Beaumont home early Friday evening, Aug. 16. Although their investigation is continuing, Beaumont PD officials have stated they believe the deadly incident, which happened in the 34000 block of Crenshaw St., off San Mateo Canyon Rd/Oak Valley Parkway, was the result of a murder/suicide.

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Beaumont Police and Fire Departments, along with other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the home around 5:30 pm, according to a Beaumont PD press release this morning. They were sent to the location after dispatchers received multiple 911 calls reporting gunshots heard in the area and reported seeing a person seen lying motionless in the driveway of a residence.

When officers arrived at the scene they located an adult female lying in a driveway of the home. “(She was) suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound,” said BPD.

Sheriff’s SWAT members and Beaumont PD officers work at the scene of yesterday’s fatal shooting that left three people dead. Officers suspect murder/suicide to be the cause of the shooting. William Hayes/OC Hawk News photo

Not knowing if their were additional victims or suspects inside the residence, Beaumont PD requested assistance from Riverside County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and a sheriff’s helicopter to determine if there were additional victims in need of medical assistance.

As the situation and investigation were unfolding, several homes surrounding the residence were evacuated for their own safety.

SWAT members and other officers ultimately entered the residence around 6:15 p.m., after using a flash-bang device just before making entry to the home.

Once officials entered the residence, they discovered two additional gunshot victims inside the home, including a male and female.

“It has been determined the three persons were deceased prior to the arrival of officers,” BPD explained in their press release. “While the investigation is still in the early stages, the preliminary indication is this incident was a murder/suicide.”

“We do not believe there is an active threat to the community at this time,” BPD said early in their investigation.

“Authorities are still working to identify these individuals, so it is not yet understood the relationship between them, nor has a notification of next of kin been completed,” BPDF continued in their release.

Anyone with information related to this ongoing investigation is encouraged to immediately contact Beaumont Police Detective Sergeant Harris at (951) 769-8500. Information can also be reported anonymously online.

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

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William Hayes/OC Hawk News photos

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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 currently writes for or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, the (now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Hemet & San Jacinto 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 29 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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