Good Hope house party leads to fatal shooting – One arrested

GOOD HOPE, Calif. — Although one man is in custody and another is dead after a fatal shooting at a house party in the unincorporated Riverside County community of Good Hope west of Perris, many questions remain about what may have led to the shooting between the two men, described by family members as friends.

The deadly incident happened early Monday morning, September 21, at a private residence in the 21900 block of Post Rd., between Salter Rd. and San Jacinto Ave., according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.


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Deputies from the Perris Sheriff’s Station and other emergency personnel responded to the scene around 12:52 a.m., after receiving reports of a shooting, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll has since said of the incident and arrest.

“Deputies arrived within minutes and located an unconscious male adult, suffering from a gunshot wound,” Carroll explained; adding, “The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

The victim’s name has not been released, pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family.

Investigators from the Perris Sheriff’s Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit have assumed the investigation.

As a result of their investigation, officials arrested 23-year-old, Nicholas Paul Rivera, of Good Hope. He was later booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Nicholas Rivera, 23, of Good Hope, has been charged with first-degree murder after the shooting death of another man at a Good Hope house party early Monday morning. RSO booking photo

Online jail records indicate Rivera remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail or bond and was scheduled to be arraigned at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta this morning, Sept. 23.

Anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Gonzales at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number PC202650005 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, 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 30 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 18 grandchildren.

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