Contra Costa County Officer Involved Incident Protocol enacted
By Pittsburg Police Department
On Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 9:21 P.M, Pittsburg Police Officers were called to an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Loveridge Road regarding a man holding a handgun, banging on the front door of an apartment. The man was reported to be the ex-boyfriend of the resident. When officers arrived, they contacted the man on a stairway leading to the second-floor apartment of his ex-girlfriend. Officers asked the man to walk down the stairs and speak with them, but he ignored their commands and began walking back up the stairs away from the officers. Officers followed him up the stairs and continued to ask him to stop and not walk away.
As the man reached the top of the stairs, officers observed he was in possession of a handgun in his right hand. Officers directed the man to get on the ground and drop the handgun. The man turned towards the officers and pointed the handgun directly at them. Two officers then used their service weapon, striking the man. The man immediately fell to the ground, still holding the handgun.
For several minutes following the shooting, officers continued speaking with the man, asking him to drop the handgun so they could get him medical attention. The man did not respond to officer’s request. Eventually, officers were able to detain the man and immediately started life saving measures until paramedics arrived. Unfortunately, the man died at the scene due to his injuries. The man was 31 years old. A handgun was recovered from the man’s possession. We are waiting to release his name due to the ongoing investigation.
The Contra Costa County Officer Involved Incident Protocol has been enacted and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office will be 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. We will be releasing body-cam footage within the coming days of the incident, along with the officers’ names. This is still an active investigation and additional information will be released in the coming days.