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County DA determines 2021 fatal police shooting was justified

No criminal charges for Pittsburg PD officers involved

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office on Friday released a report concluding that the fatal shooting of a man by Pittsburg police at an apartment complex last year was justified and the officers involved will not face criminal charges.

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Patrick Watkins died in the shooting on the night of May 20, 2021, at apartments on Loveridge Road, where officers had responded to a report of a man holding a gun and banging on the front door of his ex-girlfriend's unit.

Officers arrived to find Watkins on the ground floor level of the apartment complex and he ignored commands from officers and walked up a stairwell toward the ex-girlfriend's unit, then turned toward police with a firearm in his right hand.

Officer John Odell fired three shots at Watkins, then Officer Gregory Simpson fired two shots at him. According to the district attorney's report, one bullet struck Watkins' left calf and another hit his torso, piercing his heart, liver and fracturing a rib.

Officers had retreated down the stairwell and spent several minutes asking Watkins to drop his gun but he did not respond. The officers eventually went up and detained him and tried to save his life, but he succumbed to his injuries at the scene, police said.

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The district attorney's report concluded that both officers acted with "an actual and reasonable belief that deadly force was necessary in this incident to defend against an imminent threat of death or great bodily injury."

Pittsburg police have released a video of the shooting that can be found at https://youtu.be/ewFun_QwU3c.

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County DA determines 2021 fatal police shooting was justified

No criminal charges for Pittsburg PD officers involved

by Bay City News Service /

Uploaded: Sat, Nov 19, 2022, 10:24 pm

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office on Friday released a report concluding that the fatal shooting of a man by Pittsburg police at an apartment complex last year was justified and the officers involved will not face criminal charges.

Patrick Watkins died in the shooting on the night of May 20, 2021, at apartments on Loveridge Road, where officers had responded to a report of a man holding a gun and banging on the front door of his ex-girlfriend's unit.

Officers arrived to find Watkins on the ground floor level of the apartment complex and he ignored commands from officers and walked up a stairwell toward the ex-girlfriend's unit, then turned toward police with a firearm in his right hand.

Officer John Odell fired three shots at Watkins, then Officer Gregory Simpson fired two shots at him. According to the district attorney's report, one bullet struck Watkins' left calf and another hit his torso, piercing his heart, liver and fracturing a rib.

Officers had retreated down the stairwell and spent several minutes asking Watkins to drop his gun but he did not respond. The officers eventually went up and detained him and tried to save his life, but he succumbed to his injuries at the scene, police said.

The district attorney's report concluded that both officers acted with "an actual and reasonable belief that deadly force was necessary in this incident to defend against an imminent threat of death or great bodily injury."

Pittsburg police have released a video of the shooting that can be found at https://youtu.be/ewFun_QwU3c.

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Malcolm Hex
Registered user
San Ramon
on Nov 22, 2022 at 8:02 pm
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
Registered user
on Nov 22, 2022 at 8:02 pm

Another clean shoot. The DA's office is on a roll.


David
Registered user
San Ramon
on Nov 24, 2022 at 7:56 am
David, San Ramon
Registered user
on Nov 24, 2022 at 7:56 am

"The DA's office is on a roll."

Given the details pertaining to this incident, the DA's office had no other choice but to justify the police shooting.

That said, the police should discharge their firearms only in self-defense and when the suspect is armed.

Any other discharge of weaponry outside of the police firing range is questionable


Malcolm Hex
Registered user
San Ramon
on Nov 24, 2022 at 10:39 am
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
Registered user
on Nov 24, 2022 at 10:39 am

@David

You said the police should discharge their firearms only in self-defense and when the suspect is armed. Wrong.

The police are duty-bound to discharge their firearms in the course of their duties, which include the following: self-defense of their being, as well as the protection of another human being. However, it doesn't stop there. The police can, and will discharge their firearms to protect life, limb, and property. You also made another critical error in your assessment.

You said the police should discharge their firearms when the suspect is armed. Wrong again. Any of the following can be considered a weapon: knife, baseball bat, hammer, tire iron, car, etc. I think you get the picture. Almost anything can be considered a weapon – something used with malicious intent that can cause great bodily harm.

Take the recent Tyrell Wilson case. Wilson turned on a police officer and produced a knife. Wilson refused to drop the knife, took a step towards the officer, and was shot.

By the way, where might there be an incident where a police officer could shoot an unarmed man? A violent felon (murder, rape, robbery) who escaped from a county jail or prison.

Your reasoning that a discharge of weaponry outside the police firing range is questionable is moot based on the following information I just provided.














Derrick Taylor
Registered user
another community
on Nov 24, 2022 at 11:18 am
Derrick Taylor, another community
Registered user
on Nov 24, 2022 at 11:18 am

Wrong. The indiscretionary firing of service weapons results in wrongful police shootings.

The 'no knock warrant' murder/shooting of Breonna Taylor exemplifies a scenario where the police were reckless and irresponsible with their service weapons.


Malcolm Hex
Registered user
San Ramon
35 minutes ago
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
Registered user
35 minutes ago

@Derrick Taylor

Wrong. I never said indiscretionary firing of service weapons results in wrongful police shootings. You did. Trouble comprehending?

You also conveniently left out the part that not one police officer involved in that shooting was ever convicted in the death of Taylor. Why? Because Taylor’s boyfriend fired at the police first, and the police returned fire.

At the very least, come prepared to debate based on facts. The omission of facts is the same as not telling the truth.



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