Man who called 911 & reported fatal Palm Springs shooting arrested

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Authorities say a man who called 911 to report having been involved in a Palm Springs shooting was later arrested early Tuesday morning, June 22. The man was later booked into jail on suspicion of murder and discharging a firearm resulting in great bodily injuries.


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Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of West Racquet Club Drive around 4:15 a.m. after a man, since identified as Jeff Burgess, 42, of Sky Valley, called 911 and “reported being involved in a shooting” at the location, Palm Springs PD Sgt. Mike Casavan has since said of the deadly shooting and arrest.

Palm Springs police officers arrested Jeff Burgess, 42, of Sky Valley, after he called 911 and reported that he had fatally shot a man in Palm Springs early Tuesday morning. NBC Palm Springs photo

When officers arrived they located a deceased man in the street, at which time detectives and others were summoned to the scene. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Forensics Team also responded to the shooting site to assist PSPD in their investigation.

The name of the victim has not been released, pending notification of his family.

Investigating officers and detectives interviewed Burgess after which they arrested him. He was later booked into the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $2 million bail or bond and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Indio Larson Justice Center on June 24.

Nobody else was injured in the shooting, and officials have not said what may have led to the fatal incident.

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“The investigation is still ongoing and details may change as the investigation evolves,” explained Casavan; adding, “All parties in this incident are accounted for and there are no additional suspects known to be involved.”

Detectives have asked that anyone with information related to this incident call Detective Jimenez at (760) 323-8136. Anonymous information can be provided to Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867.

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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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