Search for gunman continuing after deadly San Jacinto shooting

SAN JACINTO — Authorities investigating the shooting death of a man in San Jacinto are continuing to search for the alleged gunman and have asked for the public’s help in the form of witnesses or anyone who may have cell phone or home security surveillance footage of the deadly incident that led to the victim’s death.

Officials who conducted an hours-long manhunt for the alleged gunman say the fatal encounter happened inside a residential neighborhood on the 100 block of Jordan Ave., early Friday evening, Nov. 15.


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Deputies from the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station responded to location at 5:50 p.m., after receiving reports of an assault with a deadly weapon, Central Homicide Unit Sgt. Rick Espinoza reported after the shooting.

When deputies arrived at the scene they found a male “lying on the road suffering from a gunshot wound,” according to Espinoza.

Deputies immediately began administering first aid and continued life-saving efforts until the victim was transported to an area hospital for further treatment of life-threatening injuries.

“Unfortunately, the male died as a result of his injuries,” Espinoza explained.

No information about the victim’s identity or age have been released, pending further investigation and notification of the person’s family.

Numerous patrol deputies and SWAT members swarmed into a San Jacinto neighborhood after a person was fatally shot early Friday evening. Although the deadly shooting led to an hours-long manhunt, the gunman was not located. Hemet News photo

As the shooting investigation was getting underway, dozens of sheriff’s deputies and SWAT members descended on the small neighborhood, bringing with them two armored tactical rescue vehicles and a command center.

Throughout the rest of the evening, heavily armed SWAT members and deputies combed the street and surrounding neighborhood, searching for the person responsible for the deadly shooting. However, despite the hours-long search, officials were not able to locate the suspected shooter.

Based on the circumstances, Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station investigators responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. While investigators worked at the scene interviewing potential witnesses, technicians from the Forensic Services Unit were seen documenting, photographing and collecting various items of potential evidence from the area where the shooting happened.

Officials have not specified if the shooter has been identified or if a motive is known and Espinoza said no further details were able to be released in their ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information or video relative to this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Button at (760) 393-3531 or (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number I193190117 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 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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