Armed 23-year-old man shot, killed by officers in Walnut Creek, police say


WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) — Walnut Creek Police are investigating an officer-involved capturing through which a 23-year-old was killed Sunday.

Police despatched out a tweet at 6:39 p.m. saying, “The Walnut Creek Police Division is at present investigating an Officer Concerned Capturing close to the realm of Arlene Ln and Orchard Ln. Please keep away from the realm for now. Extra particulars to comply with.”

Neighbors confirmed the person who was shot was a neighbor who has lived within the neighborhood for many years.

“We have been right here for him and we do not know what went down within the very finish. We’re all very unhappy and heartbroken,” stated Jenny Schneider who lives on Orchard Lane the place the capturing was reported.

Schneider stated she heard the gunshots and ran residence.

Walnut Creek police tapped off the doorway to the neighborhood the place many have recognized the younger man for many years.

He lived together with his mother and father, who previously put out indicators and despatched emails explaining that their son had psychological difficulties.

“The mother and father of the folks have stated bear in mind that our son has this psychological situation and do not be afraid,” stated Eldon Hawksworth who has lived within the neighborhood for 10 years.

Now, what precisely led to that altercation between the younger man and police? That is the query that many are asking.

“We’re all just about at the hours of darkness and letting the officers do their job,” stated neighbor Invoice Lombardo.

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Neighbors are at the hours of darkness not.

Shortly after 12:00 a.m., Walnut Creek Police tweeted further particulars, together with an replace that the 23-year-old didn’t survive the gunshot wound.

Police say the incident started when officers responded to a 911 name at 4:41 p.m. It was a grandmother reporting that her grandson “got here into her room and threatened her,” police stated of their report.

The dispatcher says they might hear a person yelling within the background through the name.

The grandmother wasn’t the one one to name 911.

At 4:42 p.m., a neighbor referred to as to report yelling a potential gunshot.

At 4:47 p.m., a girl referred to as to say hrt son “was being violent and threatened her with a steel pole.” The girl additionally advised police her son has psychological well being issues and would seemingly be aggressive with police.

“The girl stated he broke a sliding glass window and had a steel pole with a pointed finish,” the police report says.

At 4:53 p.m. – One other name. This time the caller reported a person was pounding on his entrance door, had a purple bandana over his head and face, and a large crowbar in his hand.”

Officers have been already on scene looking out the neighborhood when this name got here by means of.

They discovered a person armed with a “lengthy pry bar with a pointed finish” strolling towards a house on Arlene Lane.

Officers report giving him a number of instructions to drop the bar, however he ignored them. As a substitute, police report the suspect ran in the direction of them, nonetheless carrying the pointed pry bar.

That is when one officer allegedly shot bean baggage on the suspect, however he continued to run towards the officers, who then opened hearth, in accordance with the police report.

Officers and paramedics tried CPR and different life-saving measures on the scene earlier than he was taken to John Muir hospital the place he later died of his accidents, the police report says.

His identify has not but been launched.

“The Walnut Creek Police Division is deeply saddened by this occasion as any lack of life is tragic.”

The Contra Costa District Lawyer’s OFfice and Walnut Creek PD are working collectively on the investigation.

“The 5 officers who have been on scene shall be interviewed and positioned on paid administrative go away through the investigation,” police stated.

Physique digital camera footage from the officers is predicted to be launched at a later time.

Anybody with data relating to this incident is requested to name the Walnut Creek Police Division at 925-935-6400 or Detective Greg Leonard at 925-256-3523.

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