BRENTWOOD (CBS SF) — An 11-hour standoff in Knightsen, which began after a woman reported that a man had held her hostage overnight, pouring gasoline on her, threatening to set her on fire, ended late Thursday with a suspect dead and two sheriff’s deputies hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on its Facebook page that the deputies were shot by the suspect, whom it declined to identify, and the suspect was fatally shot by deputies when they returned fire.
Deputies went a house in the 1700 block of Green Acres Lane in Knightsen after the woman reported around 9:42 a.m. that a man had been holding her hostage and “pushed her onto a coffee table, breaking her ribs and poured gasoline on her threatening to set her on fire,” according to the Facebook statement.
The woman managed to escape after the deputies arrived. The suspect shot at deputies several times during the day and would not give up.
At 12:40 p.m., the sheriff’s SWAT team was called. The sheriff’s hostage negotiation team communicated with the suspect into the evening.
About 8:58 p.m., the suspect came out of the house and fired a shotgun at members of the SWAT team, striking three of them. The deputies returned fire and hit the suspect.
He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Two of the deputies who were wounded were transported to the hospital. The extent of their injuries and their conditions were not released.
Following the county’s protocol for officer-involved shootings, the incident is being investigated by both the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office.
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