DHS man stabs self in front of deputies, dies at hospital

DESERT HOT SPRINGS — Officials are investigating the death of a man who stabbed himself while being taken into custody during a domestic dispute related call Sunday evening, Nov. 10. The deadly incident that led to the man’s death began at a residence on the 64000 block of Pinehurst Circle, in the unincorporated area of Desert Hot Springs.

Sunday’s fatal incident was one of two in-custody deaths in as many days that sheriff’s officials are investigating this week, after once popular and well-known 90s rapper and musician Jamarr Stamps, AKA “Bad Azz” was found “inside a cell by himself in need of medical attention” early Monday morning, Nov. 11. Despite life-saving efforts Stamps passed away at the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Banning. Jail records later showed he was being held on a domestic violence-related charge at the time of his death.


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Deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station responded to the home around 5:40 p.m.,  after receiving reports of a domestic dispute, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Thurm reported after the incident.

When deputies arrived they located 53-year-old, Carlos Sandoval, holding a knife to his abdomen.

“Deputies attempted to deescalate the situation and instructed Sandoval to drop the knife,” Thurm explained. “Sandoval refused to comply which resulted in a taser deployment.”

“Shortly after the taser deployment Sandoval stabbed himself in the abdomen,” Thurm continued.

Deputies immediately began life-saving measures and summoned paramedics and other emergency medical personnel and Sandoval was rushed to Desert Regional Hospital, where he later succumbed to his self-inflicted his injuries and passed away.

“Since Sandoval died following a use of force by department members, investigators from the Sheriff’s Force Investigations Detail assumed the investigation, which is still ongoing,” said Thurm.


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The official cause of death will be determined by the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Gomez at (951) 955-2777, or Palm Desert Station Investigator Mcanallen at (760) 836-1600. Callers can refer to incident file number O19314018 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 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 16 grandchildren.

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