Officials seek public’s help after Palm Desert man gunned down while taking late-night walk

PALM DESERT, Calif., — Officials who are continuing to investigate the murder of a Palm Desert man who was murdered in a hail of gunfire while reportedly taking a late-night walk in a residential neighborhood are asking for the public’s help in gathering information and details as to what may have led to the fatal shooting.

As reported by RCNS last week, 47-year-old Edward V. Snyder was gunned down in the 43000 block of Tennessee Avenue, northeast of California and Fred Waring drives.


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Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station deputies were dispatched to the scene at 10:21 p.m. after receiving multiple reports of gunfire heard in the area, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Ed Baeza has since reported.

Responding deputies soon located a deceased male lying in the street, according to Baeza; who, in an initial statement, said the victim suffered “trauma to his body consistent with a homicide.

Officials have not yet said if the victim lived on the street or within the neighborhood where he was gunned down.

Joseph Morton, who resides less than a block from where the deadly shooting occurred, later told RCNS he awoke to the sound of gunfire, which was so close he initially believed the shooting happened in his own backyard.

“It sounded like a hail of bullets and both my wife and I thought (the gunfire) was happening right outside our back window,” he described; adding that the couple immediately rolled out of bed and crawled into the bathroom and locked the door.

Another area resident, Dave Marshall, later told KESQ3 News he heard eight rounds fired in fast succession and that he later came outside and could see the victim’s body in the nearby roadway.

“That’s a lot of gunfire,” he described; adding, “Sounds like someone wanted to make sure they took somebody out.”

As part of their ongoing information, Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station investigators canvassed the surrounding neighborhoods for home surveillance cameras that may have captured anything potentially related to the deadly shooting.

Investigators also conducted investigatory checkpoints in the area of Fred Waring Dr. and Tennessee Ave., in the hopes of finding someone who may have seen the shooting or noticed any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the shooting.

SEE ORIGINAL STORY AND UPDATE: Palm Desert victim, 47, ID’d after fatally shot while taking late night walk

Officials are now asking for the public’s help in their ongoing investigation and have asked that anyone who may have noticed any suspicious or unusual activity in the area the evening of Thursday, November 11, between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight to contact them.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Lead Investigator Vasquez of the Central Homicide Unit at 760-393-3529 or Investigator Chua of the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station at 760-836-1600. Callers can refer to incident file number T213150105 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.