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DA finds deputies justified in killing of domestic violence suspect in Contra Costa County

Original post made on Oct 14, 2022

An investigation by the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office has determined that sheriff's deputies were justified in the 2020 fatal shooting of a domestic violence suspect, prosecutors said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 13, 2022, 10:39 PM

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Posted by Hermann Welm
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 14, 2022 at 6:33 am

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With these facts it took the DA’s Office almost a year-and-a-half to come to this conclusion?


Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 14, 2022 at 10:05 am

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I’m waiting to hear from the anti-cop crowd. I’m sure there are some who will say the police were not justified in using deadly force. Bring it.

Also, good point Herrmann. It took Becton far too long to reach a decision. She is also taking too much time to reach a decision in the Tyrell Wilson case - the rock thrower / knife incident at Sycamore and 680.

If Becton has any sense, she should watch the video of an incident that took place in San Diego: Yan Li vs Deputy Bunch on March 3, 2022. That video shows Li, at or about the same distance as Wilson was from former Officer Hall, attack Deputy Bunch and stab him in the chest.

That video is proof positive of just how fast someone with a knife can close the distance.


Posted by Jeff Husted
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 15, 2022 at 7:57 am

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Given the account, the Contra Costa County deputies did everything within their power to avoid a further escalation of danger to both the public and themselves (including a nine hour negotiation/standoff and the initial firing of rubber bullets).

Martinez fired at the deputies with a loaded shotgun thus justifying a police shooting.

"...a woman in the area of Knightsen reporting that her boyfriend, Martinez, had beaten her, bound her wrists, poured gasoline over her and sexually assaulted her. She reportedly told authorities that Martinez was armed and would shoot any law enforcement officers who intervened."

^ This volatile scenario left little room for a constructive negotiation and disarmament.

"...the Tyrell Wilson case - the rock thrower / knife incident at Sycamore and 680."

^ A totally different case and situation that resulted in a questionable police shooting given the officer's prior shooting death of an unarmed homeless person 3-4 years earlier.

The officer was rightfully convicted and is now serving time in prison.


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