SWAT standoff follows San Jacinto shooting – CO couple arrested

SAN JACINTO, Calif. — A Colorado Springs couple reportedly visiting acquaintances in San Jacinto are in custody after opening fire at a private residence on the 2800 block of Placentia St., early Tuesday morning, May 12.

The pair, 28-year-old, Isaiah Dontae Knight and 36-year-old, Elizabeth Perkins, was involved in an argument that escalated into a fight, which ultimately led to the shooting, according to officials; who said no one was injured by the gunfire.

The shooting was the first of two gun violence related incidents to happen in San Jacinto on the same day. The second shooting, during which a man was pistol-whipped and shot in the back, led to the arrest of a San Jacinto man the following day.

The two shootings happened on opposite ends of the city, about four miles apart; and the separate incidents were not believed to be related.

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Deputies from the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the residential neighborhood shortly before 1 a.m., after receiving reports of a person shooting at a residence, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. James Burton reported after the incident and arrests.

Although Perkins was detained without incident when deputies arrived at the scene, Knight had entered the residence he had just fired upon and refused deputies’ commands to surrender and exit the home, according to Burton.

Colorado residents Isaiah Knight and Elizabeth Perkins were arrested after a San Jacinto fight led to a shooting early Tuesday morning. RSO booking photos

Based on the circumstances, Riverside Sheriff’s SWAT members and other additional resources were summoned to the scene to assist with taking Knight into custody, according to Burton; who said the alleged gunman was ultimately arrested and taken to a local hospital for treatment and clearance for booking.

During their subsequent investigation, deputies learned the alleged suspects were visiting the residents at the house when an argument broke out.

“Knight and Perkins became involved in an argument with the residents of the home that escalated into a physical fight,” explained Burton; who did not specify how the couple knew the residents of the home or the nature of the argument that led to the violent encounter and gunfire.

“Knight and Perkins retrieved a firearm from their vehicle and fired several rounds toward the residence,” the Sgt. continued.

As their investigation was getting underway, deputies located several spent ammunition casings in the driveway of the residence, along with other evidence related to the violent incident.

Based on their investigation, deputies arrested Knight and Perkins, who were booked into Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

Online jail records indicate the pair was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon/firearm, negligent discharge of a firearm., and child endangerment.

Knight was additionally charged with resisting arrest.

Records also indicated the pair was released within hours of their arrests, after posting $35,000 bail or bond. Both are scheduled to be arraigned at an unspecified court Sept 16.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Master Investigator Medina at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at (951) 791-3400. Callers can refer to incident file number I2013300008 and can remain anonymous. Criminal activity can also be reported through the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline, (909) 987-5005 or wetip.com.


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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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