Shots fired at deputies during pursuit, followed by Morongo barricaded standoff, leads to arrest

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 30, 12:45 p.m., With additional details from Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Originally Published: Monday, March 29, 11:35 a.m.

Cabazon, Calif. — Officials have released additional details regarding a pursuit that ended with the suspect shooting at pursuing deputies before barricading himself inside a Morongo residence Sunday, March 28.

The alleged gunman, since identified as 52-year-old, Michael Dennis Duran Jr. – who is not a tribal member, was arrested after SWAT sent a robot into the residence where he had been holed up. Duran remains in custody where he is being held without bail on numerous felony charges, including three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer. 


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Deputies from the Cabazon Sheriff’s Station responded to the area of Chino and Ramon roads in the unincorporated area of Banning around 5:15 p.m. after receiving reports of a negligent discharge of a firearm, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Richard Carroll later said of the violent incident and arrest.

“As deputies arrived, the suspect fled the area, and a pursuit began,” Carroll described. “The pursuit concluded in the area of 12100 Morongo Road, at which point the suspect shot at the deputies.”

Michael Duran was arrested after leading deputies on a pursuit before firing upon pursuing deputies and then barricading himself inside a Morongo home. RSO booking photo

Deputies who found themselves under fire put out an emergency “officer needs help” call, which was broadcast to multiple surrounding law enforcement agencies.

After the emergency broadcast, deputies and officers from throughout the area converged on the scene “with multiple armored rescue vehicles,” said Carroll.

Officials had soon established a perimeter around the home where Duran was believed to have hidden and barricaded himself and began evacuating all the surrounding residences.

After numerous failed attempts to coax Duran out of the residence, the Sheriff’s Hazardous Device Team deployed a robot to make entry into the home, according to Carroll; who added, “The robot located the adult male, who eventually surrendered to deputies.”

After his arrest, Duran was booked into custody on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, and committing a felony while out on bail or early release.


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No deputies or other officials were injured during the incident, according to Carroll; who added, “There are no outstanding suspects, and there is no threat to the public.”

The Sheriff’s Force Investigation Detail has assumed the investigation, which is ongoing. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Moody at (760) 393-3500. Callers can refer to incident file number MG210870004 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.