UPDATE: Beaumont murder-suicide investigation continuing – Deceased ID’d

UPDATED: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2:30 p.m.

See original Story below. Beaumont murder-suicide investigation continuing – Deceased ID’d

BEAUMONT, Calif. — Authorities in Beaumont are investigating a murder-suicide after a man shot and killed his neighbor before turning the gun on himself late Saturday evening, Sept. 26.

The fatal encounter, which was reported by the gunman’s wife, happened at a private residence in the 35000 block of Trevino Trail, just north of Palmer Ave. and Harmon Heights.

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Beaumont police officers responded to the home around 11:07 p.m., after receiving a 911 call from a woman reporting that her husband was holding a gun and had just shot a neighbor, Beaumont Police Department officials have since said of the deadly incident. 

When officers arrived they discovered the lifeless bodies of two men inside the home. One was found in the home’s kitchen, while the other was found inside a bedroom of the same residence.

“Both subjects were declared deceased upon arrival,” said officials.

Although Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified the two men as 41-year-old, Joshua Vasquez, and 48-year-old Jeremy Smith, both of Beaumont; officials have not yet specified which of the men was the alleged gunman.

However, a pair of coroner releases indicated that Vasquez was shot first, at 11:07 p.m. when the shooting was initially reported, and that Smith sustained his fatal gunshot injury seven minutes later at 11:14 p.m. The releases indicate Smith was most likely the gunman.

“While the investigation is still in the early stages, the preliminary indication is this incident was a murder/suicide,” officials continued; adding, “Authorities are still working to identify the individuals and have not confirmed the relationship between them so further details will not be released at this time.”

Beaumont PD’s investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Harris at (951) 769-8500. Information can also be reported anonymously online.


Original Story: Beaumont shooting leaves two dead

BEAUMONT, Calif. — Few details have been released, but officials have confirmed they are investigating a deadly shooting that happened in Beaumont Saturday evening, Sept. 26.

The fatal encounter, which was reported by the gunman’s wife, happened at a private residence in the 35000 block of Trevino Trail, just north of Palmer Ave. and Harmon Heights.

Officials at the scene were tight-lipped regarding the circumstances that led to the fatal encounter and declined to discuss their investigation, which they said was active and ongoing.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.


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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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