By Jimmy Lee, Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa County, Office of the Sheriff
Two Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs were injured Thursday evening after being shot by a suspect in a barricaded subject incident in Knightsen. They were taken to a local hospital. The suspect, who is not being identified at this time, was shot by Deputies who returned fire.
Thursday morning, July 9, 20202 at about 9:42 AM, Deputies were called to the 1700 block of Green Acres Lane in Knightsen, in an unincorporated area east of Brentwood, regarding a domestic violence incident.
The female victim reported that the suspect held her hostage overnight, pushed her onto a coffee table breaking her ribs and poured gasoline on her threatening to set her on fire.
Deputy Sheriffs responded to the location to investigate and talk to the suspect who was at the residence. The victim was able to flee the house.
The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called out at about 12:40 PM. Sheriff’s Office HNT (Hostage Negotiation Team) also responded and communicated throughout the afternoon and into the early evening with the suspect asking him to surrender.
The suspect shot at Deputy Sheriffs several times during the day and would not give up.
At about 8:58 PM, the suspect came out of the house and fired his shotgun at members of the SWAT team. Three of them were struck. Deputies returned fire hitting the suspect. He was later pronounced deceased at the scene. Two of the deputies were transported to the hospital.
Per the county Officer Involved Fatal Incident protocol, this incident is currently being investigated by the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office and the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation is ongoing. More details will be provided in a press release Friday.