UPDATED: MORENO VALLEY: Two, including 17-year-old, arrested after officer-involved shooting

UPDATE: Jan. 31, 1:30 p.m.

MORENO VALLEY – Riverside County Sheriff’s officials have released more details and information about Monday’s officer involved shooting. The shooting happened Jan. 30, at a private residence in the 23400 block of Challis Court in Moreno Valley.

Sheriff’s officials arrested Mona Sanders for charges related to a search warrant that resulted in an officer-involved shooting.

Two people, including a 17-year-old juvenile, were arrested after the shooting incident.

The shooting happened about 9:30 a.m., when members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Moreno Valley PD’s Special Enforcement Team was serving a search warrant at the home.

“As officers made entry inside of the residence they encountered a suspect armed with a firearm and an officer involved shooting occurred,” Riverside Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Sergeant Chris Durham explained. “After the officer involved shooting, the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody.”

Nobody was struck by gunfire or injured during the shooting.

After the shooting, deputies arrested Mona Sanders, 38, of Moreno Valley, for fraud related charges.

The juvenile, who officials did not name due to his age, was arrested and booked into the Riverside County Juvenile Hall in Riverside.

The minor was arrested “for assault with a deadly weapon upon a peace officer, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition,” according to Durham.

“The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave per Department policy,” Durham said. “The involved officer’s name will not be released at this time.”

Based on the circumstances, investigators from the Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. The Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit investigates all officer-involved shootings involving Riverside County Sheriff’s personnel.

An online jail records search revealed Sanders was booked into jail on suspicion of perjury, grand theft, and receiving benefits by false pretenses. She remains in jail in lieu of $32,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall of Justice Feb. 1.

The investigation is active and ongoing, according to Durham.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Bishop at (951) 955-2777 or Moreno Valley Police Detective Horn at (951) 486-6700. Callers can refer to incident file number MV170300123 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.



MORENO VALLEY – Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in an officer-involved shooting Monday morning, Jan. 30. The shooting, which happened during the service of a search warrant, occurred at a private residence in the 23400 block of Challis Court in Moreno Valley. Challis Court, a small cul-de-sac, is located south of Cottonwood Avenue and west of Graham Street.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the shooting.

Moreno Valley High School, which is located directly across the street from the neighborhood where the shooting happened, was briefly locked down as a precaution after the shooting.

Riverside County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Chris Durham discusses an officer-involved shooting that happened Monday, Jan 30. Twitter

The incident began about 9:30 a.m., when deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Moreno Valley Special Enforcement Team served a search warrant at the residence, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Durham said in a Twitter release. (See release below) 

While Durham discussed the shooting, a Moreno Valley Police Department Mobile Command Center could be seen arriving at the location.

“When the officers made entry into the home and began searching it they encountered a suspect armed with a firearm and an officer involved shooting occurred,” Durham said in the release.

Durham did not specify how many deputies discharged their firearms or how many rounds were fired during the shooting incident. He also did not immediately disclose if the suspect armed with the handgun fired his weapon at deputies who were serving the warrant.

Although Durham explained all suspects were accounted for, officials have not yet specified if there were any arrests related to the service of the search warrant or the shooting incident.

As with all Riverside County Sheriff related officer-involved shootings, investigators from the department’s Central Homicide Unit, members from the department’s Forensics Services Bureau, and other sheriff’s officials responded to the residence to investigate the shooting.

Challis Court remained blocked by yellow crime-scene tape several hours after the shooting, while sheriff’s officials collected evidence and photographed and documented the scene.

More information is expected to be released in a later press release.

The investigation is ongoing.


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Trevor Montgomery 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 in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many 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, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.