By Jimmy Lee, Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
In accordance with the Contra Costa County Chiefs of Police Association Officer Involved Fatal Incident Protocol, Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston will hold an inquest into the death of 30-year-old Ezekiel McCoy of El Sobrante. This incident occurred on November 17, 2020 in Contra Costa County. The attempted murder suspect was killed while a county jail inmate during a fight while waiting for results of a COVID-19 test. (See related article)
That same day there will also be an inquest into the death 31-year-old Kentreal Irving of Concord. This incident occurred on October 7, 2020 in Contra Costa County. Irving jumped to his death off Hwy 242 overpass while fleeing Sheriff’s Deputies. (See related article)
Both proceedings will convene on May 28, 2021 at 8:30 AM at the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse, 725 Court Street, Department 23, Room 200, Martinez, California. The inquest for McCoy will take place in the morning, while the one for Irving will happen in the afternoon.
The purpose of the inquest, which Sheriff-Coroner Livingston convenes in fatal incidents involving peace officers, is to present the facts of the incident to a jury for their deliberation and finding on the manner of death.
The inquest is open to the public and members of the media are invited to attend. However, no photographs or video and audio recordings may be taken during the proceedings.
The inquest will be held in-person. Face coverings are mandatory at the proceedings and state mandated social distancing guidelines will be followed.
Allen Payton contributed to this report.