Oakley: Retired Piedmont Officer Defends Wife, Shoots Son in Self-Defense

Oakley Police Department


On June 29 at approximately 8:00 am, the Oakley Police Department responded to the 3800 block of Mission Court for a report of a shooting that had just occurred.

Upon arrival, police found a father providing care to his adult son who was bleeding from his head. The father is identified as 52-year-old retired Piedmont Police Officer, who is currently a reserve officer for Piedmont. The son was identified as a 21-year-old resident of the home with a history of psychiatric issues.

Todd Mather told Oakley Police investigators that he, his wife and his son were home together. He heard his son physically assaulting his wife in another room of the house. Mather described that there have been several prior incidents in which his son has assaulted his mother and father, including one recent assault where a bludgeoning weapon was used. Fearing that a weapon was one again involved, Mather armed himself with a handgun to defend his wife against the assault.

Police say Mather saw his son physically assaulting his wife. He then shot his son once to end the assault. He then administered first aid and care while 911 was called.

Paramedics arrived and provided the son with elevated level of care and transported him to a local hospital for treatment where it was determined that the gunshot wound was not life-threatening. The son has since been discharged from the hospital.

Mather was detained by police and transported to the police station where he cooperated with the investigation and surrendered all firearms in his possession which were determined to be lawfully registered.

Oakley Police investigators consulted with the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office regarding this case. Due to the apparent issue of defense of others and self-defense, and informed filing decision would necessitate an analysis of each of the prior incidents and require a detailed statement describing each incident from the son. Given that the son was undergoing emergency medical treatment, and the fact Todd Mather did not pose a threat to public safety, the decision was made to release Todd Mather from custody pending the necessary further investigation.

Once completed, the entire investigation will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office within the next few days and a charging decision will be made at that time.


    • Mental illness is not the same as having diabetes or kidney disease or liver disease or swelling in your feet or a tennis elbow! The brain is very complex and while a lot of drugs exist to treat the symptoms, the subject refuses to take the medication and all havoc arises. We cannot let these people ……… with this incurable disease …… keep normal people hostage. They should be institutionalized and treated there to make sure they take their meds. They should not be allowed to live with the general public.

      • Marion – You’re correct! These people can be extremely dangerous. One must always be prepared for an encounter with such as them and be ready to defend oneself. You never know where they will pop up. we have more than enough dangerous situations to deal with in our day-to-day living. We don’t need more.

    • So, George, you want him living elsewhere and attack other people? If he does recover from this shooting, he should become a permanent patient at a mental health facility where he can be monitored 24/7 and no longer a danger to society.

    • You must be joking. You don’t “heal” as anything with a nutcase in the house. The ONLY way the husband and wife can say safe is with the nut case offspring being farmed out to a highly secure mental facility.

      When I was a kid, we lived in a neighborhood with a family whose son was a basketcase crazy. It was damned dangerous to even go outside as he would use a bow and arrow to shoot people. Police were called there a lot as he was beating up his parents and younger siblings.

      So much pressure was put on the people to move themselves along with him out of the neighborhood, that they finally did. Then a few months later, we heard that he drowned in some river up north. What a relief! Problem solved.

    • How do you heal a family with a crazy in the house? You can’t reason with these types! Remember, the incident in Walnut Creek two years ago? The guy started running up and down the neighborhood with a weapon threatening everybody and the neighbors called police and ran back inside their houses for safety? This was not the first time this happened. People had enough! The police took care of the problem permanently, now his family members are suing the city. Go figure! How about their neighbors suing THEM for endangering their lives living there with that nut case around!

    • Why is that a problem? Work is a blessing! I started working at the age of 9 (newspaper delivery) and worked every day after school in various capacities. Then worked two jobs through college, but maintained a 4.0 GPA. Worked through grad school and also post-grad. Worked full time for large corporations and invested wisely. Didn’t blow my earnings on needless crap like buying rap CD’s making idiot rappers rich. Helped underprivileged young people get a classical education in private schools so their studies were not disrupted by ghetto sewer rats. By the way, I’m black, 50 years old and about to retire but not stop “working” as a volunteer on causes dear to my heart (education, health care).

      • I bet you didn’t waste time and energy complaining how “whitey” done you wrong! Congrats!

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