Officer slashed during violent encounter with knife-wielding woman

HEMET — A City of Hemet police officer is recovering at home after being slashed by a knife-wielding woman Thursday evening, Nov. 21. The violent encounter happened at Colonial Golf and Country Club, on the 600 block of N. Kirby St.

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A Hemet police officer was dispatched to the location around 8 p.m., after receiving reports of a woman suffering from a mental health crisis.

When the officer arrived at the scene and attempted to detain the woman she became violent and attacked the officer with a large kitchen knife, slashing the officer on his left wrist.

The injured officer immediately put out an emergency radio broadcast requesting priority assistance, at which time all available officers and deputies raced to the officer’s aid from around the city and surrounding areas.

Within moments of the emergency broadcast, officers began converging on the scene with their lights flashing and sirens wailing.

While officers treated their injured partner and detained the woman who attacked him, paramedics and fire personnel arrived and took over the officer’s treatment of a deep laceration to his wrist. He was then transported to Hemet Valley Hospital, where he received eight stitches before being released to recover at home.

The alleged attacker was also treated at the scene before she was transported to Hemet PD for further investigation.

It was not immediately known if the woman was arrested or hospitalized for a mental health evaluation and a request sent to Hemet PD for further details and information had not been responded to as of this publication.

Sources familiar with the incident and ongoing investigation have reported the injured officer will be placed on medical leave for a few weeks to heal and recover from his knife wound.

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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