Update: Man Shot, Killed By Police Identified As 22-Year-Old

Walnut Creek police officers responded to a domestic violence call at 3:13 a.m. The incident is under investigation.

The man shot and killed by Walnut Creek police early Thursday morning has been identified by the Contra Costa County coroner's office as 22-year-old Anthony Banta Jr.

Coroner's officials would not release any other details, including how many times Banta was shot. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

The incident began when Walnut Creek police dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at 3:13 a.m. Thursday from a woman who lives in the Diablo Pointe apartment complex at 1450 Creekside Drive. Dispatchers could hear screaming in the background, said Capt. Tim Schultz.

Officers responded to the scene and there were reports of shots fired at 3:19 a.m.

The male suspect was killed. No one else was injured.

At a 9:30 a.m. press conference, Schultz said the suspect was armed but wouldn't say what the weapon was.

Schultz said more than one officer fired shots, but he wouldn't say how many officers fired their weapons or how many shots were fired.

Schultz wouldn't release the identity of the suspect or what prompted officers to fire shots except to say they were concerned for their safety.

A press release said police confronted the suspect inside the apartment, but at the press conference Schultz would only say the suspect was "inside the apartment complex."

This is the first officer-involved shooting in Walnut Creek in more than five years. It's also Walnut Creek's first homicide of 2012.

The incident is being investigated by the Contra Costa District Attorney's office and the Contra Costa County Crime Lab.

The officers have been "sequestered" while the investigation continues, said Schultz. The officers have also been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

At noon, there was still yellow tape around the entire central portion of the Diablo Pointe complex. Police officers stood guard at every entrance.

Kevin Keeler January 01, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Pikgitar, let’s talk about the Blue Wall as you have put it. Name any profession that does not have a tendency to stick together out of loyalty to one and other based on their commonality, situation, and interests. Do Doctors? Do Teamsters? Do Firefighters? Need I go on? All human beings do this. Still, in any group or endeavor there remains ethical standards, sometimes codified from within, sometimes regulated by law from without. As for my personal experience in with this, I can tell you I have never seen it in the way you have characterized the term here. I have seen officers who displayed honesty and integrity when dealing with malfeasance and/or criminal acts. Does it go on in all walks of life including LE? I’m sure it does. But, again, to paint a broad picture of every instance of malfeasance and attach it to an entire group is fallacious. If this were true a person would never go to a doctor for illness because some doctors were sued and stripped of their licenses for malpractice. It makes no sense.
Kevin Keeler January 01, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Pikgitar, to your comments about rounds possibly going through a wall and hitting an innocent person, you are correct. That is a risk. It would be a violation of the fourth rule of firearm safety: “Be sure of your target and what is beyond.” But, that does mean a person should not defend themselves because of some risk. In the dynamics of any situation requiring force, there are many risks. Properly trained individuals are trained to assess and evaluate those risks and make the best decision possible given their unique situation. Then, they must apply their individual skills in way that minimizes that risk and solves the problem. In some professions this must be done in a fraction of a second. But, that does not mean there will never be risk. The perfection you seek will never exist.
CNET Activist January 01, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Everybody: I've attempted to post numerous relevant comments but the Editors are suppressing everyone of my postings. I've been researching Police Shootings for over 25 years and know a great deal about several Walnut Creek shootings. This one is still a judgement call - I am not allowed post speculation or my theories. If this gets deleted than it's more of the same.
MYRNA lARSEN January 01, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Could the cops have just walked away? Was anyone being held hostage?
David Mills January 02, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Hello, folks... thanks for your thoughts. We feel everyone has had a chance to express themselves, so we are closing off comments on this story.


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