San Jacinto disturbance leads to foot pursuit, shooting

SAN JACINTO, Calif. — Authorities say a family disturbance in San Jacinto led to a foot pursuit and deputy-involved shooting Sunday evening, Sept. 27. 

No injuries were reported after the shooting, which happened near the intersection of Shaver St. and S. Jordan Ave.


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Deputies from the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to a private residence near the 300 block of Shaver St. at 9:37 pm, after receiving reports of a family disturbance, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Lionel Murphy reported after the shooting and arrest.

When deputies arrived in the neighborhood they spotted a man fleeing the area on foot and gave chase.

Officials discuss a family disturbance that led to a foot pursuit and deputy-involved shooting in San Jacinto Friday night. Eddie George/Hemet News photo

Deputies chased the suspect less than a block to the intersection of Shaver St. and S. Jordan Ave., where a deputy involved shooting occurred, according to Murphy.

The suspect, 25-year-old, Ellis Steven Smith, of San Jacinto, was uninjured in the foot pursuit or shooting and was taken into custody without further incident.

After his arrest, Smith was booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Banning on suspicion of violating a criminal protective order and felony vandalism. Officials did not specify what Smith was accused of vandalizing.

No deputies or citizens were injured as a result of the foot pursuit or shooting.

Ellis Smith was arrested after leading deputies on a foot pursuit during a family disturbance in San Jacinto. Although a deputy discharged their firearm during the arrest, Ellis was uninjured and later booked into jail. RSO booking photo

“The deputy involved in this incident has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy,” Murphy explained; saying, “The Deputy’s name will not be released at this time.”

Investigators from the Force Investigations Detail, consisting of the Riverside County District Attorney Investigators and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit, responded and assumed the investigation. The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office will be the lead investigating agency.

The multi-agency investigation is ongoing and Murphy said no further details were available at this time.

The Force Investigations Detail encourages anyone with information regarding this incident to contact D.A. Investigator Moreno at (951) 334-0407 or Investigator Dickey at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number I202710078 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.