After Struggle, Antioch Police Officer Shoots Man While Attempting to Serve Warrant

By Sergeant Steve Bias, Antioch Police Narcotic / Property Crimes

Paul Morales

On Monday, June 25, 2012 at approximately 2:20 pm, Antioch Police attempted to serve an arrest warrant in the 2200 block of Reseda Way on 36-year-old Paul Morales. Morales was wanted for a parole violation, as well as a recent felony child abuse charge stemming from an incident in Antioch.

When officers confronted Morales, he fought with officers and was armed with a handgun. From preliminary information, it appears that one officer discharged their weapon in defense of their and his partner’s life during this event. Morales sustained a gunshot wound, and was transported to an area hospital, where he has undergone surgery and is expected to survive.

Morales has an extensive criminal history to include theft, weapons, evading police and obstruction of justice.

The investigation is ongoing, and is being conducted in a joint effort of Antioch Police, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office, as well as the Contra Costa Crime lab.

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