Investigation continuing after Moreno Valley officer-involved shooting

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Details are beginning to emerge after a violent encounter and officer-involved shooting that left a Riverside police officer with minor injuries early yesterday morning, Monday, April 26. The felon on parole who was involved in the incident was not struck by the officer’s gunfire and has since been arrested.

The incident and shooting happened at an ARCO Gas Station at 2624 Alessandro Boulevard, in an unincorporated area between the cities of Moreno Valley and Riverside, between Old Frontage Road and Interstate 215, according to officials.

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Riverside Police Department responded to reports of a disturbance call at the gas station around 3:30 a.m., sources who were at the scene and were familiar with the incident have since reported.

When an officer arrived and made contact with the suspect, since identified as Edgar Bejarano, 28, the felon resisted arrest and fled on foot toward a nearby white pickup truck that had been reported as stolen.

Officers and deputies converged on the scene of a disturbance that led to an officer-involved shooting at an ARCO Gas Station early yesterday morning. Johnny Lopez/Lone Wolf Media-OC Hawk News photo

Bejarano reportedly then attempted to get into and flee the scene in the stolen truck when a struggle ensued with the officer.

At that time an officer-involved shooting occurred, according to reports from the scene that indicated Bejarano was not struck by the officer’s gunfire and was taken into custody.

An officer involved in the incident was reportedly treated at the scene for minor, unspecified injuries and was later released at the scene, according to witnesses.

After his arrest, Bejarano was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm against a peace officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and battery on a police officer, being under the influence of a controlled substance and violation of state parole.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody, where he is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall Of Justice tomorrow, April 28.

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Riverside Police Department has since issued a social media release indicating that no other officers or citizens were injured during the incident.

Officials have also said that investigators with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Force Investigations Detail have assumed the investigation and that more details would be released at a later time, “once this initial portion of the investigation is complete.”

Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact Riverside Police Department at (951) 826-5700. Callers can refer to incident file number 210011570 and can remain anonymous.


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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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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