Man fatally shot at Anza illegal marijuana grow site

ANZA — Authorities are investigating the murder of a man in Anza after the victim’s body was found at a private residence Sunday morning, Nov. 3. The fatal shooting happened at the site of an illegal marijuana grow on the 39000 block of El Toro Rd., according to officials.


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Deputies from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station responded to the residence at 7:35 a.m., after receiving reports of a shooting, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Wallace Clear later reported.

When deputies arrived at the scene they found a man dead inside the home, according to Wallace.

Officials have not released the victim’s name, pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family.

Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and Hemet Station investigators responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

During their subsequent investigation officials determined the location where the murder happened was “an illegal marijuana cultivation site” and members of the Sheriff’s Marijuana Eradication Team responded to the scene and confiscated all contraband on the property, said Wallace.

The sheriff’s murder investigation is ongoing and officials have not released any further details or information.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Mullins at (951) 955-2777, or Hemet Station Investigator Atkinson at (951) 791-3400. Callers can refer to incident file number D193070025 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.

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

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, 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 or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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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