By Jimmy Lee, Public Information Officer, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
Investigators from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the D.A.’s Office are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred Friday morning per the county-wide officer involved protocol.
The suspect who barricaded himself in a house in Byron has been identified as 49-year-old Michael Mallett of Byron.
On Thursday at about 10:06 PM, Deputy Sheriffs went to a home on the 2700 block of Hoffman Lane in Byron to serve an arrest warrant. The $1.15 million dollar arrest warrant was for a 49-year-old man for 12 counts of child molestation. The investigating agency was the Office of the Sheriff.
Deputies made contact with the suspect, who walked out of the residence with a firearm. He refused to comply with the Deputies and went back into the home and barricaded himself. Deputies were able to evacuate other occupants in the home. Negotiators arrived on scene and began to communicate with him. Negotiations were sporadic but the suspect continually talked about not surrendering, not putting his gun down and harming himself.
The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called out at this morning at 3 AM as negotiations continued. Numerous announcements were made into the house for the man to surrender. At about 9:30 AM, chemical agents were deployed into the home. The suspect came out of a window armed with a handgun. He did not comply with commands to drop the weapon. He was shot when he raised the gun at Deputies. Deputies administered life-saving measures. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the fire department. The officer involved fatal incident protocol was invoked.
The Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division would like to hear from anyone with any information this incident. Detectives can be reached at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.