Receive alerts from your local agencies
...or text your ZIP CODE to 888777 for mobile alerts

Full Notification

Walnut Creek Police Department
Friday April 28th, 2017 :: 11:14 a.m. PDT


Update on Walnut Creek homicide.

Chief of Police Thomas Chaplin

April 28, 2017

For Immediate Release


DATE / TIME OCCURRED: April 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm

LOCATION: 1900 block of 1st Avenue, Walnut Creek


VICTIM: 47 year old female, with last known addresses in Martinez and Stockton. Identity is being withheld until notification of kin

SUSPECT: 38 year old white male, with last known addresses in Martinez and Walnut Creek


On 4/27/17, at 1:30 PM the Walnut Creek Police Department received several reports that a female had been shot in the street in the 1900 block of 1st Avenue.

Officers arrived on scene two minutes later and found a female (see above) had been shot multiple times. Officers and Medical teams provided life saving measures however, the female did not survive her injuries and was pronounced deceased at 1342 hours. Witnesses stated the suspect (see above) had shot the victim, entered a silver Chevy sedan and fled the scene. He headed south on Buena Vista Avenue. Witnesses could only provide a partial license plate at the time.

The suspect abandoned the vehicle on Lynvale Lane and fled on foot. Approximately 60 minutes later, Officers and Detectives located the vehicle on Lynvale Lane. A contingent of SWAT Officers, K9’s, Patrol Officers and a CHP helicopter searched the area. The K9 tracked the scent of the suspect to a residence on San Luis Road. Walnut Creek Police Department set up a perimeter around the house, closed San Luis Road and activated the SWAT Team (Central County SWAT, which is Walnut Creek Police, San Ramon Police, Martinez Police, Pleasant Hill Police and BART Police).

At approximately 6:55 PM, Two Walnut Creek Police Officers spotted the suspect riding in the front passenger seat of a silver Mercedes in Martinez. With the help from Martinez Police Officers they did a high risk traffic stop on Howe Road and Arnold Road. During the traffic stop the driver exited the vehicle and was detained, interviewed and later released. Subsequently, the suspect put a gun to his head, remained in the vehicle and stated he was going to harm himself. Officers controlled the scene and after approximately twenty minutes they were relieved by Central County SWAT and their negotiators.

The negotiations continued throughout the night and are currently occurring. During the negotiations the suspect accidentally fired his handgun through the windshield. No one was hurt due to this firing.

At approximately 2:00 AM, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s SWAT Team relieved Central County SWAT, which is normal in a long term event. Central County SWAT will be taking over the event later this morning. Since the transition the suspect continues to put the gun to his head.

The suspect and the victim knew each other and had a dating relationship.

The Walnut Creek Police Department has a homicide warrant for the arrest of the suspect.

If anyone has information regarding this crime please call Walnut Creek Police Department immediately at 925-935-6400 or Detective Greg Leonard at 925-256-3523.

For Press the PIO will be Lieutenant Tom Cashion,


Press Release Prepared By: Lieutenant Tom Cashion 925-943-5880

Walnut Creek Police Department
1666 N Main St
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 925-943-5844

Tom Cashion

Navigate & Discover