UPDATE: More details emerge after weapon-wielding man fatally shot by Elsinore deputy

UPDATED: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m., With additional details.

LAKE ELSINORE — Authorities are investigating after a man was fatally shot by a deputy who responded to reports of a person brandishing a weapon in Lake Elsinore early Saturday evening, Nov. 16. The deadly confrontation reportedly happened outside or within close proximity to a halfway house in a residential neighborhood on the 3000 block of Ash St., northeast of Lake St. and Lakeshore Dr.

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Deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the area at 5:22 p.m., after receiving reports of an adult male brandishing a weapon, Riverside Sheriff’s spokesperson Deputy Robyn Flores later reported.

According to a Twitter release from the department, when deputies arrived at the location and located the suspect outside of the residence they contacted the armed man and gave him commands to drop his weapon.

“(The) suspect refused, resulting in a (deputy involved shooting),” officials reported in the social media release.

In a press release issued later, Flores further explained, “A physical altercation occurred between the suspect and the deputy resulting in a deputy involved shooting.”

The suspect, who has not been publicly identified, was struck by the deputy’s gunfire, according to Flores; who did not specify what type of weapon the man was accused of brandishing.

After the shooting, deputies immediately requested fire and rescue personnel to the location and began treating the man’s gunshot injuries. They continued life-saving efforts until paramedics arrived and pronounced the man deceased at the scene.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Force Investigations Detail responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. They were assisted by technicians from the Department’s Forensic Services Unit, who were later seen searching for, documenting, and collecting various items of evidence from where the incident occurred.

While officials investigated the deadly shooting they called for the temporary closure of Ash St., between Fig and Spruce streets and the roadway remained closed for several hours until investigators were finished processing the scene.

The deputy involved in the shooting, whose name was not released, was placed on administrative leave per Department policy.

No other citizens or deputies were injured during the altercation and the sheriff’s investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Navarette at (951) 955-2777 or Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station Investigator Carranza at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number L193200091 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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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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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