Knife-wielding man who charged at deputy fatally shot in Calimesa

CALIMESA, Calif., — Authorities say a knife-wielding man who had just slashed several tires outside a Calimesa business was fatally shot after he charged at a responding deputy with his knife Tuesday morning, Jan. 11.

No other injuries were reported after the fatal shooting, which happened in the 1000 block of Cherry Valley Boulevard, and the incident remains under investigation. 


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Deputies from the Cabazon Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the business just after 9 a.m. after receiving reports of a man armed with a knife who was slashing the tires of vehicles parked at the location, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Brandi Swan has since said of the fatal encounter.

When a deputy arrived in the area, they spotted a man matching the description provided by 911 callers walking on the eastbound Interstate 10 onramp at Cherry Valley Boulevard.

“The suspect was carrying a knife and attempts to de-arm him by using less-lethal munitions and a Taser were not successful,” Swan explained; adding, “When the suspect advanced toward the deputy with the knife, a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”

After the shooting, the deputy immediately began rendering aid to the victim and continued life-saving efforts until paramedics from the Calimesa Fire Department and American Medical Response arrived and took over medical care.

The alleged suspect was rushed by ground ambulance to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and passed away. His name has not yet been released, pending further investigation and notification of his family.

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No other citizens or deputies were injured during this incident and there are no outstanding suspects, according to Swan; who said the suspect’s knife was recovered at the location.

In accordance with Department policy the involved deputy, whose name has not been released, was placed on paid administrative leave.

An investigator from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office will lead this investigation, aided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Force Investigations Detail.

Their investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Riverside County District Attorney Investigator James Ferrer or Riverside County Sheriff’s Investigator James Dickey at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number CM220110005 and can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

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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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