Lake Elsinore burglary leads to deputy-involved shooting at McVicker Park

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. — Released from jail on his own recognizance for a first degree burglary the day before, a Riverside man who had allegedly just burglarized a Lake Elsinore home was arrested again Saturday morning, October 17.

Authorities say deputies who located the suspect in his vehicle at a Lake Elsinore park less than a mile from where the burglary occurred opened fire on the man when he accelerated toward them, before leading them on a short pursuit.

After crashing his car and attempting to flee on foot the suspect, Ryan Christopher Caceres, 27, of Riverside – who “has multiple open criminal cases waiting to be adjudicated” according to officials – was captured with help from a sheriff’s K-9.


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Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station deputies were dispatched to a private residence on the 15000 block of Solstice Ct. around 8:50 a.m., after receiving the report of a burglary that had just occurred, Riverside Sheriff’s Correctional Sgt. and Public Information Officer Deanna Pecoraro later said of the incident and arrest.

Deputies who responded to the burglary obtained a description of the suspect as well as the vehicle he was driving and broadcast that information to other deputies in the area.

Released from jail for a first degree burglary the day before, Ryan Caceres was arrested after allegedly burglarizing a Lake Elsinore home and trying to run down investigating deputies. Deputies opened fire on Caceres before he led them on a short pursuit that ended when he crashed his car. RSO booking photo

“As additional deputies were responding to the scene, they located the suspect vehicle parked at McVicker Canyon Park,” said Pecoraro.

“Deputies attempted to make contact with the driver of the vehicle, at which time the driver reversed out of a parking stall and drove toward the deputies,” Pecoraro continued; adding that deputies opened fire on Caceres and his vehicle as he accelerated toward them.

Despite being shot at, Caceres fled the scene at a high rate of speed before losing control of his vehicle and crashing moments later, just a half-mile away, near the intersection of McVicker Canyon Park Rd. and Gateway Dr.

After crashing his car, Caceres fled from his wrecked vehicle and hid in the surrounding area.

Deputies quickly established a perimeter around the area and with help from a sheriff’s K-9 deputies began searching the area.

During the search, deputies spotted Caceres, who once again attempted to run from them, at which time the K-9 was deployed and assisted with capturing the fleeing man.

After arresting Caceres, deputies determined he had not been struck by the earlier gunfire; however, he was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment of minor injuries sustained in the crash and his subsequent apprehension.

After crashing his car and fleeing on foot while trying to evade deputies, Caceres was apprehended whit help from a sheriff’s K-9. RVC News photo

Caceres was later booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of committing a felony while out on bail or early release, residential burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, and resisting arrest.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $55,000 and is scheduled to be arraigned at Murrieta’s Southwest Justice Center tomorrow, Oct. 21.

Due to the deputy-involved shooting, investigators from the District Attorney’s Office along with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Force Investigations Detail responded and assumed the investigation.


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The deputies involved in the shooting, whose names have not been released, were placed on administrative leave per Department policy. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact Investigator Dickey at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Del Haro at (951) 955-5400. Callers can refer to incident file number L202910037 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.