Bethel Island: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Shooting Death of 75-Year-Old Man


On Sunday at about 7:44 AM, Conta Costa County Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to a report of a shooting on the 4000 block of Stone Road in Bethel Island.

According to Jimmy Lee, sheriff’s spokesperson, the caller stated that a person shot himself. Deputies arrived finding a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The fire department later pronounced him deceased at the scene.

He has been identified as 75-year-old Wayne Venell. The manner of death is pending further investigation.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Investigation Division at 925-313-2600. For any tips, please email: [email protected] or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.


  1. We’re going to miss him. Our condolences to his family. We will miss his stories as we take our walk on the levee. RIP Wayne.

    Marilyn and Wayne Miller of Bethel Island

  2. I’m in shock! I just saw him about 3 weeks ago when he came for his dental cleaning he seemed fine for
    Wayne. I’ve known him and his wife Joan 15 years! I worked with her for many years (sweet, loving couple)
    He was a very sweet, loving, kind man! He will be missed by many! My heart goes out to Joan! I’m so sorry for your loss my prayers are with you! I love you ❤️

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