Thousand Palms shooting leaves local man, 39, dead

THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. — Officials say a local man was murdered in Thousand Palms early yesterday morning, Friday, Jan. 29. The fatal shooting happened inside a private residence in the 73000 block of Stanton Drive near Hopi Drive, between Wells Fargo Road and Chiricahua Drive, according to officials.


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Deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station responded to the home around 2:30 a.m., after receiving reports of a shooting, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Brosche has since reported.

When deputies arrived, they found a deceased man “who appeared to have been shot,” Brosche explained; saying the victim was later identified as Edward Pierce, a 39-year-old Thousand Palms resident.

Area residents awoke to a crime scene with deputies, investigators, and other officials remaining at the home where the shooting occurred until around 1:30 p.m., Friday afternoon. KESQ News Channel 3 photo

“The suspect(s) fled the area prior to deputies arrival and are still outstanding,” said Broshe.

“This is the first time I’ve seen or heard a gun shooting in the neighborhood right here,” Thousand Palms resident, George Ruppert, later told KESQ News Channel 3. “When I saw the sirens I walked out here, noticed the tape and I realized it was a more serious situation than I expected.”

Investigators from the Central Homicide Unit and the Palm Desert Station have assumed the investigation, which is active and ongoing, according to Brosche.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Navarrete of the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Jones of the Pam Desert Station at (760) 836-1600. Callers can refer to incident file number O210290006 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 (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network.

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.