Riverside County officials investigating in-custody death

BANNING, Calif. — Authorities are conducting an in-custody death investigation after an inmate passed away at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning Sunday morning, Feb. 21.


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Deputies assigned to the jail located the unresponsive inmate inside his jail cell shortly after 11 a.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Correctional Captain Hal Reed has since said of the ongoing investigation.

“Custody staff, jail medical staff, American Medical Response, and Cal-Fire personnel administered life-saving measures,” Reed explained; adding, “The inmate never recovered and was pronounced deceased at 11:50 a.m.”

The inmate’s name has not been released, pending notification of the man’s family.

Reed did not specify what the man had been booked into jail for, how long he had been in custody, or any other information about him.

Although Reed also did not specify if foul play was suspected in the inmate’s passing or if a pre-existing medical condition led to his death, the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit is not leading the investigation; which is being handled by the Department’s Corrections Intelligence Bureau.


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Due to the early and ongoing nature of the investigation, no further information was released.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Justino Flores at (951) 696-3050. Callers can refer to incident file number BC210520001 and can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

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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.

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