By Jimmy Lee, Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
Contra Costa County Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston announces that a coroner’s jury today reached a finding in the September 28, 2020 death of 46-year-old Jeremy Robert Waring of Pleasant Hill. The finding of the jury is that the death is a suicide.
The coroner’s jury verdict came after hearing the testimony of witnesses called by the hearing officer, Laura Pagey.
According to the Pleasant Hill Police Department, on Sept. 21, 2020, officers received reports of an armed person at a residence. Officers arrived to find a person driving away from the scene. When the officers tried to make a traffic stop, Waring started shooting at them.
Officials say the suspect was taken to a hospital to receive medical attention for his injuries.
No officers or community members were injured during the incident.
A Coroner’s Inquest, which Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston convenes in fatal incidents involving law enforcement personnel, is a public hearing during which a jury rules on the manner of a person’s death. Jury members can choose from the following four options when making their finding: Accident, Suicide, Natural Causes or At the hands of another person, other than by accident.
Allen Payton contributed to this report.