Inmate dies after surgery – Death investigation ongoing

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. — Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate who died after suffering life-threatening complications after undergoing surgery Friday morning, July 31.

Officials have not specified the nature of the surgery or complications that led to the inmate’s death and say their investigation is continuing.


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According to Riverside Sheriff’s Cpt. David Holm, at around 10 a.m., an adult male inmate from the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta suffered a life-threatening complication while recovering from surgery at a local hospital.

Although hospital medical staff administered life-saving measures, the inmate never recovered and was pronounced deceased a short time later while still receiving treatment at the hospital.

Riverside Sheriff’s Department investigators have assumed the investigation, according to Holm; who said the cause of death will be determined by the Coroner’s Bureau.

“The identification of the victim will not be released at this time pending notification to the family,” explained Holm; saying, “There are no signs of foul play” related to the inmate’s passing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Rinkert (951) 955-4500. Callers can refer to incident file number SC202130001 and can remain anonymous.

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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