Moreno Valley shooting leaves man dead – Woman arrested

MORENO VALLEY — Authorities say a woman was arrested after a shooting in Moreno Valley left a man dead early Monday morning, March 9. The fatal shooting happened at a private residence on the 25800 block of Calle Agua, southeast of Iris Ave. and Kitching St.

The deadly shooting was the first of two homicides in southwest Riverside County yesterday involving women who were arrested for murder. The other deadly incident, which happened in the unincorporated community of Anza, left one woman dead and another woman seriously injured.


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Deputies were dispatched to the home around 1 a.m., after receiving reports of a shooting, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll has since reported.

Deputies arrived at the home within minutes and found an unconscious man suffering from a gunshot wound, according to Espinoza.

39-year-old, Rashema Hardgrove, of Moreno Valley was arrested after a shooting that left a man dead early Monday morning. RSO booking photo

The victim, whose name has not yet been released pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Based on the circumstances, investigators from the Moreno Valley Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the home and assumed the investigation.

During their subsequent investigation, authorities determined the victim was fatally shot by 39-year-old, Rashema Noel Hardgrove of Moreno Valley, according to Espinoza; who did not specify how the alleged suspect and victim knew each other, if there was any known motive, or what may have led to the deadly shooting.

Based on their investigation, authorities arrested Hardgrove at the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station and she was later booked into Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of murder.

Online jail records indicate she remains in custody without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at Riverside’s Hall of Justice March 11.

The sheriff’s investigation is active and ongoing, according to Espinoza; who said no additional details are currently available.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Paz at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number MV200690011 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 becomes 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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