Sheriff’s Department identifies deputy and Antioch man he fatally shot on Tuesday

Detectives from the Contra Costa D.A.’s Office, Office of the Sheriff and Antioch Police Department continue to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred on Tuesday in Antioch.

At about 1240 PM, Deputy Sheriffs from the Civil Unit went to an apartment complex on the one thousand block of Claudia Ct. in Antioch to carry out a Domestic Violence Restraining Order/Criminal Protective Order, which included a move out order.

Deputies contacted the occupant, 29-year-old Dewayne Ward, who had prior law enforcement contacts. Ward had a no bail probation warrant. During the contact, Ward did not obey verbal commands from the deputies and resisted. Deputies then deployed force options that included pepper spray, a police K-9 and a Taser. They did not appear to have any effect on him. Ward continued to resist and charged at a deputy with a knife (see attached photo). The deputy fired his duty weapon striking the armed man. He was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

The deputy sheriff that shot Ward is Scott Pliler, who has been with the Office of the Sheriff for 13 years. He is currently a K-9 Deputy assigned to Patrol Division.

The autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday).

If anyone has any information on this case, Detectives can be reached at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, please email: or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

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