Moreno Valley kidnap investigation leads to fatal deputy-involved shooting

MORENO VALLEY. Calif. — Authorities say the search for a Corona man wanted in connection with a possible kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon that occurred earlier in the day was fatally shot after a standoff at a Moreno Valley home Saturday evening, April 3.

The deadly shooting happened in the 16000 block of La Fortuna Lane, according to officials who today told RCNS the fatal incident was unrelated to another fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred in Corona the previous evening. That incident was also the result of an assault with a firearm and an attempted kidnapping investigation.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station were assisting another agency with the search of wanted suspect Juan Carlos Estrada, a 40-year-old resident of Corona, Riverside Sheriff’s Correctional Sgt. and Public Information Officer Deanna Pecoraro has since said of the fatal encounter.

Estrada, who was discovered to be in the Moreno Valley area, “was wanted in connection with a possible kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon which occurred earlier in the day,” said Pecoraro; who said the search led deputies to a home in the 16000 block of La Fortuna Lane.

At around 6:25 p.m., multiple deputies arrived at the location and began to give verbal commands over their patrol vehicle speakers for Estrada to exit the residence; however, he initially refused to come out.

“During this time, dispatch received a call from inside the home advising that Estrada was inside and possibly armed with a handgun,” Pecoraro described; adding, “More verbal commands were given for the Estrada to exit.”

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“A few moments later, Estrada exited the home running toward the deputies and their patrol cars,” Pecoraro continued. “At that time, a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”

Estrada was struck by the deputies’ gunfire and despite life-saving measures, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

No deputies or other citizens were injured as a result of the shooting.

The involved deputies have been placed on administrative leave per Department policy and their names have not been released.

An Investigator from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is now leading the shooting investigation, aided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Force Investigations Detail.


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“There are no outstanding suspects and there is no threat to the public,” said Pecoraro; adding that the Sheriff’s investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact District Attorney Investigator Franco at (951) 955-5506 or Investigator Dickey at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number MV21093248 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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