Sought after attempted kidnapping, wanted felon fatally shot in Corona

CORONA, Calif. — Authorities say a wanted felon who was being sought in connection with an assault with a firearm and attempted kidnapping the night before was fatally shot when officials from multiple agencies attempted to arrest him Friday evening, April 2.

The deadly shooting, which occurred during a surveillance operation, happened at the Welcome Inn at 1248 West Sixth Street in Corona, according to officials, who have said the suspect killed in the shooting also had multiple outstanding felony warrants for his arrest.

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Friday’s fatal shooting was the first of two deadly Corona-related officer-involved shootings within as many days, followed by a deadly incident that happened in Moreno Valley the following evening. Although that incident also involved a man sought in connection with an attempted kidnapping, officials told RCNS this morning that the two investigations and shootings were unrelated.


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As part of an ongoing attempted kidnapping investigation the Riverside County Gang Impact Team – led by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of a federal fugitive apprehension team, was conducting surveillance at the Welcome Inn regarding an incident that occurred the previous night, Corona Police Department has since said in a social media release.

During the multi-agency surveillance operation, at around 5:30 p.m. officials spotted the suspect in the parking lot.

“DA investigators attempted to effect an arrest, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Corona PD explained in their release.

Officials immediately began administering life-saving measures; however, the suspect succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“A firearm was recovered at the scene,” said officials; who added, “Due to the ongoing investigation, the suspect’s identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.”


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After the shooting, the Corona Police Department’s Critical Incident Team responded to the scene to assist with the Sheriff’s investigation, which is active and ongoing.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Senior Detective Slaven Neagu at (951) 739-4916 or by email, or Riverside County DA’s Bureau of Investigation.

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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