Idyllwild man charged in shooting death of his father

IDYLLWILD, Calif. — Authorities say a man was arrested this morning after he fatally shot his father in the quiet mountain community of Idyllwild last night, Wednesday, Feb. 10. The deadly shooting happened at a private residence in the 53000 block of Country Club Drive, northwest of Highway 243 and Marian View Drive.


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Deputies from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station responded to the scene around 10 p.m., after receiving reports of a shooting, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Brosche has since said of the fatal incident and arrest.

When deputies arrived, they located a “deceased man who appeared to have been shot,” Brosche explained; adding that the victim who died at the scene has since been identified as Adrian David Denava, 50, of Idyllwild.

During their investigation deputies identified the suspect as the victim’s son, Adrian Denava Jr., 24, as having fatally shot his father.

Although Denava Jr. fled the scene prior to the deputies’ arrival, he was located and arrested for the murder of his father around 7 a.m. this morning.

Officials have not yet specified if there was a known motive for the shooting or what may have led to the fatal incident.

Online jail records indicate he was booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of second-degree murder. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at Murrieta’s Southwest Justice Center Feb. 17.


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Investigators from the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and the Hemet Sheriff’s Station were notified and have assumed the investigation, which is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Gonzales of the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Atkinson of the Hemet Station at 951-791-3400. Callers can refer to incident file number D210410081 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 and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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.