Sheriffs Office Release New Information on Officer Involved Shooting in Knightsen

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The investigation into an officer involved shooting last night in Knightsen is ongoing. Per the county’s law enforcement involved fatal incident protocol this case is being investigated by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office.

Yesterday, at about 9:38 AM, Delta Station Deputy Sheriffs responded to a home on the 1700 block of Green Acres Lane in Knightsen regarding a report of spousal abuse.

The female victim reported that she was held hostage overnight by an ex-boyfriend who sexually assaulted her, threw her on a coffee table, tied her to a chair with duct tape, and poured gasoline on her. The suspect is identified as 44-year-old Eduardo Martinez of Bay Point. He also threatened to burn down the house with her in it. The victim, who said Martinez had a shotgun and pistol, also reported that he made threats to shoot law enforcement and said he did not want to go back to jail. The victim, who is not being identified, was able to escape from the house.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the house and made numerous announcements for Martinez to come out. There was no response. The Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) responded to the location at about 12:40 PM.

HNT communicated with Martinez during the afternoon and into the evening asking him to surrender. Martinez fired the shotgun into the ground and shot at Deputies several times during the day and would not give up.

At about 8:58 PM, Martinez came out of the house advancing on deputies and fired his shotgun at SWAT Team members. Three of them were struck. Deputies returned fire hitting the suspect. Martinez was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

One Deputy was struck in his chest but was saved by his bulletproof vest. Another was hit in his head by shotgun pellets and the third was shot in his arm. All have been treated and released from the hospital.

Martinez has extensive contacts with law enforcement. His previous arrests include: domestic battery, spousal abuse, making criminal threats, false imprisonment, obstruction, receiving stolen property and multiple counts of driving under the influence.

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

The photos show Martinez pointing a shotgun at SWAT Team members and a close up of the shotgun used to shoot deputies.

Original Information & Release

At around 12:30 pm Thursday, the Contra Costa County responded to Kite Hawk Lane and Green Acres in unincorporated Brentwood.

During the standoff, the subject was observed with a shotgun in his hand while drinking several beers. He was also observed with a knife on him.

By 9:20 pm, it was announced that 1 person was deceased and three deputies were injured in an exchange. Two deputies were transported to a local hospital and a third deputy was released on scene.

The sheriffs office has confirmed this was an officer involved shooting and according to spokesperson Jimmy Lee, two deputies were shot.

No other information was readily available. Will update when sheriff releases more information.

UPDATE per Sheriffs Office

Two Deputy Sheriffs were injured this evening after being shot by a suspect in a barricaded subject incident in Knightsen. They were taken to a local hospital. The suspect, who is not being identified at this time, was shot by Deputies who returned fire.

This morning at about 9:42 AM, Deputies were called to the 1700 block of Green Acres Lane in Knightsen regarding a domestic violence incident.

The female victim reported that the suspect held her hostage overnight, pushed her onto a coffee table breaking her ribs and poured gasoline on her threatening to set her on fire.

Deputy Sheriffs responded to the location to investigate and talk to the suspect who was at the residence. The victim was able to flee the house.

The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called out at about 12:40 PM. Sheriff’s Office HNT (Hostage Negotiation Team) also responded and communicated throughout the afternoon and into the early evening with the suspect asking him to surrender.  The suspect shot at Deputy Sheriffs several times during the day and would not give up.

At about 8:58 PM, the suspect came out of the house and fired his shotgun at members of the SWAT team. Three of them were struck. Deputies returned fire hitting the suspect. He was later pronounced deceased at the scene. Two of the deputies were transported to the hospital.

Per the county Officer Involved Fatal Incident protocol, this incident is currently being investigated by the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office and the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing. More details will be provided in a press release tomorrow.

21 COMMENTS

    • Did you see the rap sheet of that dung who killed the Danville doctor? UNbelievable! With his record, he was cut loose to just take people out at random! Now, he will plead insanity.

  1. Too bad this had to happen but good that the perp was the only fatality. Skunks don’t change their stripes…

    To all those crying to “defund the police,” this is the reality of what police have to deal with.

    • There is nowhere in hell the police should have let this thing drag on for NINE YOURS! WTF? The woman had escaped so it was the cops and the shithead! Why not lob a FLASH BANG grenade in there and knock him out cold. Don’t the police have a sharpshooter who could shoot that weapon out of his hands? He shot 3 SWAT officers! Why weren’t they wearing the kind of gear worn by that crazy guy who shot people inside a movie theater showing a BATMAN film? He was outfitted with bulletproof everything … including a shield over his face, arms, legs . . everything. No one could touch him.

      • Btw Chad, that shithead belonged to me! You don’t know what led up to this horrible outcome. You only know what is put out by the media. The woman, Susan, is the shithead here, using him for cheap labor, then not paying him.

  2. These heroes showed tremendous restraint during this incident. They could have justifiably shot this perp at multiple points and didnt.
    Thankfully only the perp was killed.
    These officers are heroic and do a thankless job!
    The community is grateful!
    Thank you Sheriffs Department for all you do!!!!

  3. We always address accountability but where does that stand with the DA? How was this man allowed to be released with the amount of violent priors and here were are now, 3 cops shot and a female’s life ruined…… Absolutely unacceptable

    • This DA (Becton) is about as useful as a fart in a windstorm She was voted in by people who have family members and relatives for criminals and she promised to use some idiotic “restorative justice” crap to keep them from prison where they belong.

      • Someone, please explain to me just what exactly “restorative justice” means. Sounds like another one of those left wing phrases that tries hard not to say what it is.

        • Yes, it’s your typical left wing useless programs to keep the perp out of prison. It’s a favorite of that useless Contra Costa DA, Diana Becton who wants to use it here.

          “Restorative justice repairs the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational. It emphasizes accountability, making amends, and — if they are interested — facilitated meetings between victims, offenders, and other persons.”

          In other words, it’s a bunch of BULLSHIT!

    • First of all, he was accused of the crimes, secondly, he was not just released from jail, and lastly, he moved around so much, no one really knew how to contact him if they wanted to. Don’t assume certain things unless you know the facts.

  4. @sadsadstate, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks were released in similar fashion in their respective states with similar charges of violence. What’s the difference with Eduardo Martinez? He’s Latino. So doesn’t Latino lives matter? Actually, All lives matter! Eduardo Martinez knew exactly what he got himself into and unfortunately he paid the price. The majority of these criminals that die in similar fashion put themselves in a dire situation where police have to make a split second decision. I understand that some of these police killings are unjustified across the nation but you have to realize that it all starts with what criminal things people are doing that get them in those types of situations with police.

    • My comment clearly went way over your head. Let me clear it up for you….

      The DA of this county allowed this man out of jail after all those recent priors, we have false imprisonment, violence, beating women etc and he was out in the general public again collecting DUIs putting the public at risk, again beating women and then shoots 3 cops. So my comment was/is why in God’s beautiful name is the DA of this once beautiful and accountable county not liable in any way shape or form? It’s sickening to me…

      • Let me clear it up for you…..He may have been accused and arrested on charges, but not convicted. There is a difference. One is assumed innocent until proven guilty. When something like this happens, the media tends to dehumanize the person killed. Let’s not forget TJ in Florida, who was arrested 230 times and killed 3 young men going on a fishing trip. Oh yeah, he was white, so not all the hype! Gotcha!!!

    • Did you see the rap sheet on the scumbag who killed the doctor who was off-roading with his 15 year old son last week? Even if the doctor was armed, he didn’t have a chance! Never go off to some remote forest area. You have no idea who might be hiding and lurking there and what their intentions are. Some crazy loons live in remote areas like that. Remember the UNIBOMBER? Maybe that was safe 50 years ago, but even then I’d hesitate.

    • He wasn’t a dirty Sanchez! He was someone’s son, brother, uncle, and friend. Be careful who you talk about. Nothing funny here at all but twice!!!

      • Why were my words changed? If Dana can call someone a dirty sanchez, I should be able to call her buttwipe…just like that.

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