UPDATE: Man shot multiple times, Coachella suspect arrested

UPDATED: Friday, June 11, 10:30 a.m., With additional details, arrest information.

Originally Published: Feb. 17, 12:32 p.m.

COACHELLA, Calif. — Authorities today announced the arrest of a man suspected of shooting a victim multiple times in Coachella last February. The alleged suspect, Eduardo Lopez, 27, of Coachella, remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail, on a sole count of attempted murder.

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Deputies assigned to the city of Coachella began investigating the early morning shooting around 12:49 a.m., on Feb. 15, after a man was shot multiple times in the 49-300 block of Grapefruit Boulevard, according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Mariano Matos III.

Members of the Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT) assumed the investigation and were able to identify Lopez as one of the suspects.

On June 10, at 7:30 p.m., CCAT members, with the assistance of the Southern Coachella Valley Community Service District Team (SCVCSDT), served a search warrant at a residence in the 83-500 block of Mecca Hills, in the city of Coachella.

During the service of the warrant, officials located and arrested Lopez. He was then booked into the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio on suspicion of attempted homicide.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Ruiz with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (760)863-8990, or Crime Stoppers at (760)341-STOP (7867). Callers can refer to incident file number Y210460001 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.

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