Corona family disturbance leads to fatal officer-involved shooting – Knife-wielding suspect ID’d

CORONA, Calif., — Authorities say a man who was armed with a knife and had forced his way into a bedroom where his family members were hiding from him was fatally shot when officers attempted to intervene and the suspect turned his violent attack toward them Sunday evening, Dec. 12.

No officers or other citizens were injured during the violent incident, which happened in a residential neighborhood in the 1000 block of West Rancho Road, northwest of Citron Street and S. Buena Ventura Avenue.


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City of Corona police officers responded to a private residence around 8:15 p.m. after receiving reports of a family disturbance, Corona PD Public Information Officer Corporal Tobias Kouroubacalis has since reported.

When officers arrived, they located a man in the driveway of the residence who refused to comply with their commands to surrender.

When the man, since identified as 32-year-old Cristian Alanzo Anguiano, ran back into the home and forced his way into a bedroom where family members were hiding from him officers attempted to intervene, at which time the enraged man turned his attention toward the officers. 

“When officers entered the residence to intervene, the subject was found to be armed with (an) edged weapon,” Kouroubacalis explained; saying, “Due to the imminent threat to the family and responding officers, an officer-involved shooting occurred.”

Officers immediately began treating Anguiano for his injuries and he was rushed to Riverside Community Hospital by ambulance; where he later succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

“In keeping with Riverside County force investigation protocols designed to enhance transparency, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Force Investigation Detail is leading this officer-involved shooting investigation with the assistance of the Corona Police Department’s Critical Incident Team,” said Kouroubacalis.

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Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Lisa Larios at (951) 279-3662 or by email, or Riverside County Sheriff’s Force Investigations Detail Lieutenant Brian De Marco at (951) 955-1705 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number 21-73948 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.