Indio drive by shooting results in swift arrests after suspects return to scene

INDIO, Calif., — Authorities say two men, suspected of conducting a drive by shooting in an Indio gated community were arrested after returning to the scene of the crime early yesterday morning, Sunday, July 18.

Investigating officers located a handgun and more than a dozen spent shell casings, along with additional live rounds and a high capacity magazine inside the alleged suspect’s vehicle when they returned to the scene inside Indian Palms Country Club & Resort, located southeast of Monroe Street and Avenue 48, according to officials.

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City of Indio police officers were investigating reports of shots fired inside the community at around 4 a.m. when the suspects returned to the scene, Indio Police Department has since said in a recent social media release.

Officers who were investigating an Indio drive by shooting arrested the alleged suspects when they returned to the scene of the shooting. Officers recovered a handgun and high capacity magazine, along with fifteen spent shell casings along with eleven live rounds. Indio PD photos

“Officers conducted a high-risk stop of the vehicle taking the driver and passenger into custody without incident,” officials explained. “During a search of the vehicle, a semi-automatic handgun, a 40 round magazine, and several spent casings were located inside.”

A photo from the department showed officers recovered fifteen spent shell casings and eleven live rounds, along with the 40 round, high capacity magazine – which is currently illegal to own or possess in California.

Officials did not specify if all the recovered spent shell casings were believed to have been from Sunday’s shooting and did not say how many rounds were believed to have been fired during that incident.

Both suspects, whose names were not released, were later booked into the John J. Benoit Detention Center Indio on multiple felony charges, according to the department’s release.

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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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