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Prosecutors say the 2023 officer-involved shooting in Richmond was justified

PIX Now morning edition 18-5-2024

PIX Now morning edition 18-5-2024


The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office said Friday that investigators have determined the shooting involving 66-year-old Kevin James McDonald in Point Richmond in June 2023 was justified.

Richmond Police shot and killed McDonald on June 28, 2023, when he allegedly brandished a firearm as officers entered a home to serve an arrest warrant.

Police had received a report in Point Richmond over the weekend about a person in the home waving and firing a weapon.

Officers arrived at the home in the 1200 block of Sanderling Island around 9 a.m. There were other residents in the home, but no one was injured or arrested. Nearby homes were later evacuated as police found and removed a possible explosive device.

The district attorney’s office said Friday that police announced their presence and purpose upon arrival. After receiving no response, they entered the home. During the search, officers approached a closed bedroom door and announced themselves again before opening it.

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They found McDonald inside, armed with a loaded assault rifle. He allegedly raised the gun at the officers, two of whom shot McDonald in self-defense. McDonald was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The legal analysis took into account all available evidence (the totality of the circumstances),” the district attorney’s office said. “Based on this investigation, the district attorney has concluded that the officer’s use of deadly force was lawful and justified. No charges will be filed in this case.”

More information about the case is available on the Contra Costa County government website.

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