Man fatally gunned down on Palm Desert street

PALM DESERT, Calif., — A Los Angeles County man was found fatally shot on a Palm Desert street Thursday evening, July 15. Officials say the suspect(s) fled the scene prior to their arrival and that their homicide investigation is continuing.


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Deputies from the Palm Desert Station were dispatched to the area of Washington Street and Varner Road around 10:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a shooting, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Brosche has since reported.

When deputies arrived, they located an adult male deceased at the scene. He was later identified as Ruben Rene Quezada, a 38-year-old Santa Fe Springs resident.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and the Palm Desert Station were notified and have assumed the investigation.


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The Sheriff’s investigation is active and ongoing and anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Hernandez of the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number O211960023 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, 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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