HEMET: Officer’s call for help brings officials flooding into neighborhood

HEMET — An officer investigating reports of a fight between two brothers soon found himself involved in his own fight earlier this afternoon, when one of the siblings resisted the officer during the investigation. Nearly a dozen officers responded – with lights flashing and sirens wailing – to a call for assistance placed by the officer.

About a dozen officers converged on Mayberry Avenue when a man fought with an officer earlier today. Gary Rainwater/Hemet Valley Incidents photo

The person who fought with the officer was arrested and later transported to Hemet PD’s jail. Officials have not yet identified the man, and it was not immediately known what charges he is facing.

The patrol officer responded to a home on the 900 block of Mayberry Avenue, between S. Santa Fe and S. San Jacinto Streets shortly before 3 p.m., after receiving a 911 call reporting two siblings fighting.

When the officer arrived he first made contact with a mother and father, as well as one of the two brothers involved in the incident. While speaking with the trio about what happened, the other brother sat calmly on a nearby curb not far from the home where the fight reportedly happened.

After he was done interviewing the rest of the family the officer went to make contact with the other brother involved in the fight, at which time the man “tried to avoid” the officer, one witness, Gary Rainwater later reported.

Rainwater, a community news reporter and photographer for valley-based Facebook group Hemet Valley Incidents explained after the arrest that when the officer stepped out of his patrol vehicle to speak with the man and check him for weapons the subject immediately began to resist the officer.

Rainwater stopped photographing long enough to help the officer, who put out a priority call for assistance. Once the officer had the man handcuffed and under control, Rainwater went back to filming, just as the first of nearly a dozen patrol vehicles flooded into the neighborhood from every direction.

As curious neighbors looked on, officials handcuffed the man and he was soon placed into the rear of a patrol vehicle.

There were no injuries related to the incident.

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Trevor Montgomery, 46, recently moved to Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego 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.

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 27 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 14 grandchildren.