Four Hour Standoff Ends Peacefully, Man Wanted For Questioning in Walnut Creek Sexual Assault Case Surrenders

Press Release


On February 7, 2020 at 2:10 p.m., Officers from the Walnut Creek Police Department went to a residence in the 200 block of Hall Drive in Orinda to interview David Justice in regard to a sexual assault that occurred in Walnut Creek.

As officers arrived, Justice left the residence in a vehicle. Walnut Creek Police Officers attempted to pull over Justice’s vehicle but Justice sped away at a high rate of speed. Justice eventually returned to the address on Hall Drive and ran into the residence. Moments later, Justice exited the back of the residence with a shotgun pointed to his head.

The Central County Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) responded to the address to assist officers on scene. The Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) established communication with Justice and negotiated with Justice for approximately four hours. Justice peacefully surrendered at 6:02 p.m. and was taken into custody.

Justice will be booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on a warrant for multiple counts of PC 261, with a bail amount of $5,000,000.

This investigation is in the early stages and further information will not be released at this time. Additional details will be provided as they become available.

The Central County Special Weapons and Tactics Team and the Crisis Negotiations Team is made up of members from the San Ramon Police Department, Martinez Police Department, Pleasant Hill Police Department, BART Police, and the Walnut Creek Police Department.

The Walnut Creek Police Department would like to thank the Orinda Police Department, the Lafayette Police Department, the Danville Police Department and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

If anyone has information regarding this incident please call Detective Gerstner at 925-943-5878.


  1. Hey….dude wants to point a shotgun at his head? Hmmmmm, cops just stand by, in their vehicles, do not engage, and let him either get tired and give up, or look away at the right moment and cover your eyes and ears. Buh bye

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