DISCOVERY BAY (CBS SF) – On Wednesday afternoon, authorities identified the gunman who was fatally shot by Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Deputies Tuesday night during a domestic disturbance call.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the fatal meeting tuesday nightclaiming the male subject was fatally shot by deputies after he allegedly pointed a gun at them.
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“Deputies were dealing with a domestic situation when a subject with a weapon came their way, forcing the deputies to unload their firearms,” the sheriff’s department tweeted.
The department also tweeted a photo of the weapon, but initially released a few other details.
Photo of a gun the subject pointed at deputy sheriffs. Oakley PD is also involved in the shooting of the officer involved. Investigation in progress. pic.twitter.com/0ARmWQbA31
— CoCo Sheriff PIO (@cocosopio) March 23, 2022
In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, the man shot dead by deputies was identified as 51-year-old Robert Jones. Authorities said the weapon he pointed at law enforcement was a Umarex AirJavelin archery rifle capable of propelling arrows up to 300 feet per second.
At around 8:44 p.m. Tuesday evening, sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 8000 block of Westport Circle in Discovery Bay. After speaking to the incident caller, a deputy attempted to speak to a man in the residence.
As deputies attempted to speak to the man through a screen door, he pulled out a knife and raised it above his head. Deputies ordered him to drop the knife. The man then brandished what appeared to be a rifle towards the deputies, who then retreated to a safe distance from the residence and established a perimeter.
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Shortly after, after other deputies and officers from the Oakley Police Department arrived at the scene, the man emerged from the residence with the gun raised and pointed at the deputies and officers on the street as he walked towards them, authorities said.
Officers ordered him to lower the gun several times in an attempt to defuse the situation. He refused to comply and advanced on the deputies and officers, who discharged their service weapons at the man, striking him.
Authorities immediately called for an ambulance and firefighters to respond and began to take lifesaving measures. The man was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office said. No further details regarding the incident have been provided by authorities.
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, Contra Costa District Attorney
Office and the Oakley Police Department are currently investigating the shooting involving a Discovery Bay officer under county law enforcement fatal incident protocol.
The California Department of Justice was contacted and declined to participate in the investigation because the gun Jones had in his possession when he was shot is considered a deadly weapon.
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Anyone with additional information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at (925) 313-2600 or through the Sheriff’s Office dispatcher at (925) 646-2441. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or left via voicemail at (866) 846-3592.