One dead after violent incident at Menifee park

MENIFEE — Although few details have been released, authorities have confirmed they are investigating an assault at a Menifee park that left one of two men dead Sunday, Feb. 9.

The fatal incident happened at Menifee’s Eller Park and the victims were found about a mile and a half away, on the 28000 block of Sparacio Rd., northeast of Mapes and Antelope roads, in the unincorporated community of Romoland.


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Deputies from the Perris Sheriff’s Station along with other emergency personnel were dispatched to the rural residential neighborhood at 5:12 p.m., after receiving reports of an “assault with great bodily injury,” Central Homicide Unit Sgt. Rick Espinoza said after the murder investigation was underway.

 When officials arrived, they found two men inside a vehicle suffering from traumatic injuries, Espinoza explained.

Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit investigators and forensic technicians worked overnight processing separate crime scenes in Menifee and nearby Romoland after two men were attacked at Menifee’s Eller Park last night. RVC News photo

Medical personnel transported both men to a local hospital, where one of the two victims died as a result of his injuries.

The other victim received treatment for his injuries, according to Espinoza; who did not specify the full nature or extent of the victims’ injuries or what may have led to the deadly incident.

As their investigation was getting underway, deputies learned the victims drove about a mile and a half to Sporacio Rd. after the unspecified incident at Eller Park, forcing officials to cordon off crimes scenes at the separate locations.

Based on the circumstances, Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit investigators responded to the scene and assumed the investigation, which is active and ongoing, according to Espinoza; who said no additional information or details are currently available.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Barajas at (760) 393-3522 or (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number PC200400048 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.

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

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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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