Argument between boys, 15, ends in fatal Shasta Lake shooting

CITY OF SHASTA LAKE, Calif. — Authorities say a fight between two teens led the next day to the fatal shooting of one of the boys and the arrest of the other Friday, Oct. 23.


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Deputies from the City of Shasta Lake Patrol Station were dispatched to the 1000 block of Black Canyon Road, after receiving reports of a gunshot victim, Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit Sgt. Kyle Wallace has since reported.

When deputies arrived at the scene they found a15-year-old victim deceased from a gunshot wound.

Based on the circumstances, members of the Shasta County Majors Crimes Unit responded and took over the investigation.

During their subsequent investigation, detectives learned the two teens had been involved in a physical altercation the day before the deadly shooting.

“Today, for unknown reasons, the victim went to the suspects residence … where he was confronted by the suspect who was armed with a firearm, Wallace explained; adding, “The victim was then ultimately shot and killed.”

Detectives contacted and interviewed the suspect, before arresting him and booking him into Shasta County Juvenile Hall for homicide.


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Due to the ages of the two boys, neither of their names were released and will remain confidential, according to Wallace.

The sheriff’s investigation is active and ongoing and officials have asked that anyone with additional information regarding the case to contact the Shasta County Major Crimes Unit at (530)245-6135 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number 20S033658 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.