UPDATE: Man who tried to run down Wildomar deputy apprehended

UPDATED: Saturday, April 4, 12:35 p.m.

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WILDOMAR, Calif. — Authorities yesterday announced the arrest of a man wanted for questioning after a Wildomar altercation with a sheriff’s deputy led to an officer involved shooting Tuesday morning, March 31.

The deputy was uninjured during the encounter, which happened on the 33700 block of Orange St., between Lemon and Waite streets, just east of Interstate 5.

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Officials investigating last Tuesday’s shooting had been searching for 35-year-old, Lake Elsinore resident, Joe Gerson Sanchez III.

Officials had previously said Sanchez was considered armed and dangerous and cautioned area residents that if seen, Sanchez should not be directly contacted.

“If Sanchez is located, do not approach him and immediately contact (officials),” Riverside Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Juan Silva explained in an earlier press release; saying, “Sanchez has made statements that he will be shot by a cop before going back to prison.”

Deputies, investigators and other sheriff’s officials work at the scene of last Tuesday’s officer involved shooting in Wildomar. RVC News photo

On April 2, around 8 p.m., members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Unit and Fugitive Warrant Apprehension Team located and arrested Sanchez, according to an updated “wanted” flier released by the department.

Online jail records indicate Sanchez, who has addresses out of Lake Elsinore and the Angels Camp area in northern California, was located on Cornell St. in Adelanto, California.

Joe Sanchez, 35, of Lake Elsinore was apprehended in Adelanto, California, after allegedly trying to run down a Wildomar deputy with his truck last Tuesday. RSO photo

He was booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of assaulting a peace officer with a deadly weapon and violation of probation.

Sanchez is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at Murrieta’s Southwest Justice Center April 7


Original Story: Officials searching for probationer after Wildomar officer involved shooting

WILDOMAR — Authorities are searching for a probationer they say attempted to run down a deputy with a pickup truck in Wildomar Tuesday morning, March 31.

Although the deputy was uninjured during the encounter, the incident led to an officer involved shooting on the 33700 block of Orange St., between Lemon and Waite streets, just east of Interstate 5.

The alleged suspect, who has since been identified as 35-year-old, Lake Elsinore resident, Joe Gerson Sanchez III, is considered armed and dangerous and officials have cautioned area residents that if seen, the suspect should not be directly contacted.

“If Sanchez is located, do not approach him and immediately contact (officials),” Riverside Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Juan Silva later explained; saying, “Sanchez has made statements that he will be shot by a cop before going back to prison.”

Officials have not specified what led to the incident and shooting, which happened around 10:30 a.m.

After the altercation and shooting the suspect fled the area in a white, single cab dually pickup truck, possibly a late 1990s or early 2000s Ford, said Silva.

It was not immediately known if the suspect was struck by the deputy’s gunfire.

Central Homicide Unit investigators have assumed this investigation and have asked for the public’s help locating Sanchez; who has addresses out of Lake Elsinore and the Angels Camp area in northern California.

Per department policy, the deputy involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave.

Anyone with information about this investigation or who knows Sanchez’s whereabouts is encouraged to immediately contact Central Homicide Unit Investigator Dickey at (951) 955-0896, or Riverside Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099 (option 5.) Callers can refer to incident file number GP20091001 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips 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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