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Antioch: Man Takes His Own Life After Mental Health Crisis Call

by ECT

On April 1, at approximately 7:52 PM, Antioch police officers were dispatched to a residence on Valley Way for a 9-1-1 call regarding a family disturbance.

The caller reported a 61-year-old male resident was armed with a firearm and suffering from some type of mental health crisis. The male resident left the house with the firearm and drove away. several officers responded to the area and located the victim driving in the neighborhood.

The officers turned around and fell in behind the victim’s vehicle.

Afterwards, the victim pulled to the side of the road, exited his vehicle, and shot himself. The officers at the scene immediately called for emergency medical personnel. Unfortunately, the male victim passed away at the scene.

Due to the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident, the countywide Law Enforcement Involved Fatal Incident (LEIFI) protocol was initiated.

Antioch Police Department’s Crime Scene Investigators and Detectives with the Investigations Bureau, along with Inspectors from the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Sheriff’s Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925)778-2441. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

Information released by Antioch Police

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3 comments

MD Apr 2, 2021 - 3:58 pm

Unlike diabetes or kidney or liver disease, mental illness is almost impossible to treat to the point that it no longer burdens a person and his family. Maybe this guy knew it and decided to remove the problem from society. There are drugs to treat this temporarily, but they can negatively impact other organs and one cannot stay on them for very long. When some new drugs are developed to treat this AND the person takes them faithfully, we will always have to deal with this and it can really impact society.

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Gr8scot Apr 2, 2021 - 4:38 pm

My condolences to the remaining family and friends of this individual. Since this lockdown we have heard and read how this illness has skyrocketed with no to very little help for people dealing with this.
Too bad it happened in Antioch because now the council will somehow turn even more on the police force for being in the area and probably blame them for triggering the use of the red and blue lights to make this happen.
I guess the more the council sits on everyday issues, it will only get worse.
Oh and to Mr. Thorp, not my mayor, I am taking your childish April Fools post to heart, pack your damn bags and I’ll pay for the Uber ride out.

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MEV Apr 3, 2021 - 1:01 am

Keep guns out of the house or at least locked up if someone unstable resides at the residence. Common sense. Hope APD doesn’t get blamed for this too. Glad no one else hurt when this guy decided to shoot himself.

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