More Details Emerge In Wildomar Shooting

Richard Mount Jr., 54, sustained non life-threatening wounds after he allegedly fired on a man and his minor child in the 24000 block of Mercer Lane in Wildomar.

The Wildomar man who was shot by police Tuesday night after he allegedly fired on a father and son, has been identified.

Richard Mount Jr. sustained non life-threatening wounds after he allegedly fired on the man and his minor child in the 24000 block of Mercer Lane in Wildomar.

According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa McConnell, Mount lived at the Mercer Lane residence.

A woman, identified as the minor child’s mother, was at the home Tuesday night when the boy’s father drove there to drop his son off around 7 p.m., McConnell said. Unconfirmed reports indicate she may have been Mount’s live-in girlfriend.

The father and son parked in front of the residence and honked the vehicle’s horn in an attempt to get the attention of the mother, reported McConnell.

Within a short period of time both father and child stated they heard what sounded like gunshots and saw what they believed to be muzzle flashes coming from the side of the residence, the sergeant said.

"Believing they were being shot at, they immediately fled the area and contacted law enforcement,” she said.


Police were called and a perimeter was set up around the area.

With the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department helicopter, attempts were made to contact the home’s occupants via telephone and a public address system, the sergeant said.

“All attempts failed to get a response … ,” she said.

McConnell said deputies observed movement and lights turning on and off from inside the residence and more shots fired from within.

Sometime after 10 p.m., Mount came outside the home through the front door holding what police say “appeared to be an assault-style rifle.”

Believing the suspect was going to shoot at them, two deputies from the Menifee Police Department fired on the man, McConnell said.

Mount sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds from the deputies’ rounds and was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center for treatment; he was later booked at Southwest Detention Center for assault with a deadly weapon, the sergeant said.

At press time, there are no jail records available on Mount.

The woman eventually exited the residence without incident and was detained, according to the sergeant.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department S.W.A.T. team was called in to search for additional victims or suspects, but none were found and law enforcement began clearing the Mercer Lane area around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Per Riverside County Sheriff’s Department policy, the two deputies who shot Mount have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.

Roadrunner December 06, 2012 at 10:30 AM
continued from below....that only get a small tiny bit of information they are provided with. We criticize them if we don't like seeing the outcome that another human being cause, again they are reactionary and react to the action of the suspect. They have feelings just as we do suchs a fear, anger, pain, stress, and every other emotion possible. We want them to act like robots, completely emotionless. This will never happen. Just the facts. They see the worst of the worst of soceity that we turn a blind eye to because it is to ugly or it just plain and simple scares us. Go on a ride-a-long with them, see what they deal with on a day to day basis, you might be surprised. It is truly sad what they deal with and the lack of appreciation is sad. I thank you for your service, you guys and gals are true heros.
T December 06, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Ben, This is a sad situation. We must be careful not to twist or exaggerate the facts. If your uncle believed he was protecting someone from an abusive husband, then he should have called the police. Why didn't he? Because there was never any beating. There is no physical abuse going on here. I'm not sure why you felt the need to mention your grandfather's age, other than to imply the husband's "harrassment" was somehow inappropriate. I understand the conversation did not go well. Out of respect for your family I will simply state this was not the husband's fault. You seem like a smart guy. Persuasive, and obviously loyal. But I'm afraid your efforts to defend your Uncle are in vain, especially in this forum. The news has reported he shot at a car with people inside, and then at the police. I don't mind posting that since it's public knowledge. Out of respect for you, and your Uncle, I will not post his other transgressions. I will only state that his shooting at the police is a good example of how bad his judgement has been recently. You mentioned your Uncle is a great man. I believe you. But he has done himself and others a lot of harm recently. Instead of posting wild accusations on the internet, perhaps you should be directing your intelligence on finding him a good attorney.
Bryan Chartier December 07, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Sounds like a jealous husband trespassing. The only person that was injured was the home owner. People are quick to judge before all the facts are known. The truth will come out soon. The second amendment is still valid these days believe it or not.
Barbara Dye December 07, 2012 at 06:29 AM
I agree Roadrunner. Great comment. They are heros!!!!
dick weed December 08, 2012 at 05:18 PM
ya you guys say that right now, wait till one of ur friends or family members get the same, police are becoming way to much like the military and its going to get much worse for everyone period


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