Man who died inside San Jacinto AM/PM ID’d

UPDATED: Monday, Nov. 30, 4:34 p.m., With additional details from witness.

SAN JACINTO, Calif. — Officials today identified a man who died at a San Jacinto convenience store Saturday evening, Nov. 28. The victim passed away after suffering a medical crisis at AM/PM at the intersection of S. San Jacinto Avenue and 7th Street, according to officials and witnesses.


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Deputies assigned to the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station, along with Cal Fire Riverside and AMR responded to the area at 7:39 pm., after receiving reports of an unresponsive man inside the business.

A witness, who requested to not discuss the incident further out of respect for the victim’s family, has since told RCNS the victim suffered a medical crisis while inside the convenience store.

When deputies and other officials arrived they located the unresponsive victim, Riverside County Sheriff’s Sergeant Lionel Murphy told RCNS today in response to inquiries about the incident.

“At this time, I am unable to confirm who pronounced the male deceased,” the Sergeant explained; adding that the case is currently considered a standard death investigation and not a homicide.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Joseph Reed, 50, of San Jacinto, as the man who died at the gas station/convenience store.

A coroner’s release indicated Reed was pronounced deceased at the scene at 10:05 p.m., and that the victim’s family has already been notified of his passing.

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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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