Being held on $1 million bail at county jail
By Pittsburg Police Department
The Pittsburg Police Department can now release the name of the man involved in last Saturday’s officer involved shooting as 32-year-old Kerdell Deon Lillard of Oakland.
In addition, pursuant to Pittsburg Police policy, we have decided to release officers’ body worn camera footage and in-car video of the incident in an effort to foster transparency and trust with our community. Although, we are unable to release all raw video in its entirety due to the ongoing investigation, the video provides an abbreviated view of the incident. (WARNING: Graphic video)
Early Saturday afternoon, Pittsburg Police Officers were called to a commercial business in the 2900 block of Harbor Street regarding a man, Lillard, on top of the roof of the business. When officers arrived, Lillard had already climbed off the roof and was standing next to a car in the parking lot. Officers asked Lillard to stay where he was, but he ignored their commands. That’s when Lillard reached on top of the car’s rear tire and picked up a handgun. Lillard then ran in the opposite direction.
As another officer arrived on scene, the officer observed Lillard running through the parking lot. The officer asked him to lay on the ground several times. Initially, Lillard appeared that he was going to comply with the officer’s request. Lillard then ignored the officer’s commands and momentarily ran back behind a car, eventually running back towards the officer and pointed the handgun at the officer. The officer then used his service weapon once, striking Lillard in the arm. Lillard immediately dropped the handgun and fell to the ground.
He yelled “I’m being framed” multiple times and “these are fake cops”.
Officers placed Lillard into handcuffs and immediately began rendering medical aid until paramedics arrived. He was taken to the hospital and thankfully, treated for his injuries and has been transported to the Martinez Detention Facility. A loaded gun was recovered from the scene.
The officer involved in the incident is a member of the Pittsburg Police Department Patrol Team and is identified as Officer Richard Beltram. Officer Beltram has been a police officer for almost two years.
According to LocalCrimeNews.com, Lillard has a history of arrests. In 2014 and 2015 he was arrested for multiple crimes including burglary, battery on spouse/former spouse/co-habitant and drug possession. Then, last May, he was arrested by Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputies on multiple drugs and weapons charges.
The Contra Costa County Officer Involved Incident Protocol was enacted and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office is in the process of completing an independent investigation into this incident. The Pittsburg Police Department’s independent outside investigator is also conducting an independent investigation of the incident pursuant to department policy.
On Wednesday February 3rd, the Contra Costa County District Attorney reviewed this incident and filed two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon, ex-felon in possession of a firearm, ex-felon in possession of ammunition, along with enhancements. Hillard remains in custody with a $1,000,000 bail.
This remains an active investigation.
Allen Payton contributed to this report.