Distraught Antioch Man Shot and Killed by Police
Popular Antioch Barber Denny Gonzales
By Lieutenant Diane Aguinaga, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau
On Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 3:44 p.m. the Antioch Police Department received a call from a distraught 35 year old male stating he was going to kill himself; that he was going to kill a police officer; or may have already killed a police officer. At the time of the call, APD only knew the male’s first name and where he worked. The male continued to make several more distraught phone calls to APD and in each one, threatened police officers and himself. Once the male was positively identified as Denny Gonzales, officers responded to his house in the 4800 block of Lefebvre Way off Country Hills Drive and Hillcrest Road, where he came out of his garage and down his driveway holding a firearm.
As APD officers told him to put the gun down, the male fired at least one round at the officers, who in turn fired back at the male. The male was pronounced dead at the scene.
As is standard protocol in officer involved shootings, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office was called in to conduct a joint investigation with APD.
Gonzales was a barber at the International Barber Shop in Antioch.
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Publisher Allen Payton contributed to this story