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Pittsburg man arrested for Bay Point homicide Saturday

Monday, August 30th, 2021

By Jimmy Lee, Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

On Saturday, August 28, 2021, at about 10:42 PM, Muir Station Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to a call of shots fired at the intersection of Willow Pass Road and Bella Vista Avenue in Bay Point. Upon arrival, deputies located a victim suffering from a gunshot wound.

Deputies immediately began providing life-saving measures. The fire department and an ambulance also responded. The victim was later pronounced deceased at the scene. He is identified as 24-year-old Pablo Bretado of Pittsburg.

A suspect was quickly identified by deputies and a description was provided to area law enforcement agencies. The Concord Police Department located the suspect who led police in a pursuit back into Bay Point. The suspect crashed and fled on foot. Concord PD officers, assisted by the California Highway Patrol, found the suspect and took him into custody.

He is identified 28-year-old Antonino Solis of Pittsburg. He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for murder and possession of an assault weapon.

The Homicide Unit of the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division continues to investigate this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600 or through Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (925) 646-2441. For any tips, email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

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Antioch Police Chief Brooks accepts new position in Boise, Idaho

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

Will serve as Deputy Chief for city of 236,000 beginning in early October

Antioch Police Chief Tammany Brooks. Photo: APD

By Allen Payton

Just four years and three months after being hired in May 2017 as Antioch’s top cop, Police Chief Tammany Brooks has accepted a position with the Boise, Idaho Police Department as the new Deputy Chief, according to a press release issued on Friday, August. 26.

Boise, with a population estimated at 235,684 as of 2020, is about double the size of Antioch.

The press release reads:

“The Boise Police Department is proud to announce the hiring of Deputy Chief Tammany Brooks.  Brooks was selected after a nationwide search and was one of many highly qualified candidates who applied for the job.  The interview process included community members, the Boise Police Union, as well as officers, civilian police employees, and others from the City of Boise leadership team.

“Deputy Chief Tammany Brooks is a highly accomplished and experienced leader, current police chief, family man, and community partner.  We look forward to his arrival in Boise and for the chance to introduce him to our community,” said Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee.

Deputy Chief Tammany Brooks comes to Boise with 26 years of law enforcement experience.  During his time as Police Chief in Antioch, California his priorities included creating a positive culture and environment for members of the Antioch Police Department, strengthening the relationship between the Antioch Police Department and the people it serves, and working to make Antioch a safe community for all.  He is also the Executive Director for the Antioch Police Activities League overseeing programs and events that have served more than one thousand children within the community.

“My wife and I visited Boise for the first time, last September,” said Deputy Chief Brooks. “Two things immediately caught our attention: the natural beauty of the Treasure Valley, and how incredibly friendly, warm, and welcoming people were. Within a matter of days, we knew this was where we wanted to call home.”

Deputy Chief Brooks was a high school dropout when he started his career as a police officer with the Antioch Police Department in 1995. While working and raising a family, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in Leadership from Saint Mary’s College.  He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.

“Chief Brooks’ humble personality, strong values, and track record of building successful relationships with officers and his community make him a great addition to our department and our community,” said Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee.

Deputy Chief Brooks has been married to his wife Michele for 28 years, and they have three adult sons.  In his spare time, he enjoys Crossfit, bowling, golf, and RVing.  He says he is honored to serve the men and women of the Boise Police Department, and everyone who lives, works, and plays in the great City of Boise. His start date is expected to be sometime in early October.”

Brooks was in Boise on Friday and available for a short meet and greet and/or interview at 3:30 pm, according to the press release. He will also be available for media interviews after his official start date.

District 2 Councilman Mike Barbanica shared his comments about Brooks’ departure.

“This is such a loss to our community. He’s had a long career where’s he has served the City of Antioch and done an outstanding job and I’m very sorry to see him go” Barbanica shared. “However, I do absolutely wish him the very best in retirement from the City of Antioch and in his new position as Deputy Chief of Boise, Idaho.”

Chief Brooks and Councilwoman Torres-Walker posted on her official Facebook page on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.

On Friday, August 27th, District 1 Councilwoman Tamisha Torres-Walker offered her congratulations to the chief on his new position in a post on her official Facebook page.

“Forgive the delay in my public response to the transition of Chief Brooks.

First I want to congratulate Chief Brooks on his new position as Deputy Chief in Boise Idaho and thank him for his years of service to the City of Antioch as a public safety servant and native.

Four years ago I met Chief Brooks for the first time at a clean slate event at Antioch middle school helping disenfranchised residents get their records cleared for second chances. This day I learned he believed in second chances and came out to show his support for the event. I regret that we didn’t get to build the kind of relationship that we were both hoping for and I wish him all the best.

I stepped into this position looking forward to working with a progressive Chief that was ready to bring Antioch’s police department into the 21st century and I believe it can still be done. There is so much more work that needs to be done to reimagine Public Safety in the city of Antioch and I’m looking forward to working with the next best person for the job.”

Antioch supporters of Brooks are planning a farewell celebration for him.

Efforts to reach Brooks, Antioch City Manager Ron Bernal, the mayor and the other council members were unsuccessful prior to publication time. Please check back later for any updates to this report.

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Man dies riding ATV on Antioch street Wednesday morning

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

By Sergeant Ted Chang, Traffic Unit, Antioch Police Department

On Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at approximately 5:30 am, Antioch Police Dispatch received a call of a vehicle versus a pedestrian. Police and medical personnel responded immediately and located a 39-year-old Antioch resident nonresponsive and suffering major injuries. Officers discovered the pedestrian was a subject riding an ATV on Wilbur Avenue near Viera Avenue.

Life saving measures were attempted but he succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The ATV rider was not wearing a helmet and appeared to be in the middle of the roadway.

The driver of the involved vehicle remained on scene and was cooperating with the investigation. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this collision. The Antioch Police Department Traffic Unit responded and took over the investigation.

Wilbur was closed between Minaker Drive and Viera Lane and traffic was rerouted in the area. The road was reopened about 10:30 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925)778-2441. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch Police add another officer to the force

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

New Antioch Police Officer Shawn Marques and Chief Brooks. Photo: APD

By Antioch Police Department

Please join us in welcoming Officer Shawn Marques to the Antioch Police Department family!

Shawn was born in Oakland and raised in Hayward. Shawn attended Hayward High School. After graduating, Shawn attended Wyotech trade school in Fremont where he received a diploma in Automotive Technology. Shawn went on to become an automotive technician, reached journeyman level and eventually promoted to fleet service manager. Shawn knew he wanted to become Police Officer at the young age of 7 and decided to pursue a career in Law Enforcement. Shawn was hired by the Stockton Police Department where he attended the Tulare-Kings Police academy. During his employment with the Stockton Police Department, Shawn joined the Canine Support Team (CST) as a K9 agitator. One of Shawn’s duties on CST was to put on a bite suit or bite sleeve and take K9 bites. During his free time, Shawn enjoys hunting, fishing, playing softball, riding dirt bikes, and wake boarding. Shawn also enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Fun Fact:

Shawn played keyboard in a band at a young age and was able to play a song just by listening to it.

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Three shot, one dead in rural Brentwood Tuesday

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

By Jimmy Lee, Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at about 4:20 PM, Delta Station deputies responded to a report of shots fired at a residence in the 10200 block of Brentwood Boulevard in unincorporated Brentwood.

Upon arrival, deputies located two gunshot victims in front of the residence. Both subjects were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Another subject with gunshot wounds was also located on the property and was pronounced deceased.

None of the subjects are being identified at this time. Homicide detectives and crime lab personnel are on scene. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600 or through Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (925) 646-2441. For any tips, email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call (866) 846-3592to leave an anonymous voice message.

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Antioch Council to consider ban on police restraints, requiring city employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

By Allen Payton

Photo: FDA

In spite of the recent County Coroner’s Inquest Jury finding that the death of Angelo Quinto in December was not the result of a knee-to-neck restraint by Antioch Police Officers, the Antioch City Council will discuss adopting a resolution on banning the use of police officer restraints, Tuesday night. (See related article)

According to the staff report, “It is recommended that the City Council adopt the resolution directing the City Manager and the City Attorney to work with the Chair of the Police Oversight Standing Committee (of the entire city council) and the Antioch Police Department to develop a policy that protects members of the public involved in law enforcement incidents by identifying and prohibiting the use of Police Officer restraints, holds, tactics and maneuvers that pose a substantial risk of positional asphyxiation, potentially resulting in unconsciousness or death.” The item is #6 on the agenda.

In addition, at the request of Mayor Lamar Thorpe, who held a press conference about the matter, last week, the council will consider requiring all city employees get vaccinated for COVID or be required to be tested each week.

The council begins at 7:00 p.m. following closed session discussions beginning at 4:00 p.m, including a legal matter with the Quinto family and an employee performance evaluation of City Manager Ron Bernal.

Members of the public seeking to observe the meeting may do so at https://www.antiochca.gov/live_stream, on Comcast Channel 24, or AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.

Public Comments

Members of the public wishing to provide public comment may do so one of the following ways (#2 pertains to the Zoom Webinar):

  1. Fill out an online speaker card by 3:00 p.m. the day of the Council Meeting located at:
  1. Provide oral public comments during the meeting by clicking the following link to register in advance to access the meeting via Zoom Webinar: https://www.antiochca.gov/speakers

– You will be asked to enter an email address and a name. Your email address will not be disclosed to the public. After registering, you will receive an email with instructions on how to connect to the meeting.

– When the Mayor announces public comments, click the “raise hand” feature in Zoom. For instructions on using the “raise hand” feature in Zoom, visit:

https://www.antiochca.gov/raise_hand. When calling into the meeting using the Zoom Webinar telephone number, press *9 on your telephone keypad to “raise your hand”. Please ensure your Zoom client is updated so staff can enable your microphone when it is your turn to speak.

  1. Email comments to cityclerk@ci.antioch.ca.us by 3:00 p.m. the day of the Council Meeting. The comment will be read into the record at the meeting (350 words maximum, up to 3 minutes, at the discretion of the Mayor). IMPORTANT: Identify the agenda item in the subject line of your email if the comment is for Announcement of Community Events, Public Comment, or a specific Agenda Item number. No one may speak more than once on an agenda item or during “Public Comments”.

All emails received by 3:00 p.m. the day of the Council Meeting will be entered into the record

for the meeting.

Speakers will be notified shortly before they are called to speak.

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County Coroner’s inquest jury finds Angelo Quinto’s death was accident

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

By Jimmy Lee, Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

Angelo Quinto. Photo: USN

Contra Costa County Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston announced on Friday, August 20,2021 that a coroner’s jury reached a finding in the December 26, 2020 death of 30-year-old Angelo Voithugo Quinto of Antioch. The finding of the jury is that the death was an accident.

The coroner’s jury reached the verdict in the inquest after hearing the testimony of witnesses called by hearing officer Matthew Guichard.

A coroner’s inquest, which Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston convenes in fatal incidents involving peace officers, is a public hearing during which a jury rules on the manner of a person’s death. Jury members can choose from the following four options when making their finding: Accident, Suicide, Natural Causes or At the hands of another person, other than by accident.

According to a KTVU News report, Quinto “succumbed to excited delirium and prescription drugs during the physical altercation with officers, the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office ruled Friday.”

Quinto’s death occurred three days after Antioch Police were called to his residence by family members, claiming he was attacking them. Angelo’s sister placed the call telling police Angelo was strangling their mom, and the mother was not breathing. The sister told police Angelo took drugs. The sister had a hammer in her hands, which her brother had taken from her at one point, but she was able to get it back.

His mother claimed an officer placed his knee on Quinto’s neck and to have video of it, but that was unsubstantiated. According to both the police and coroner’s reports, the police did apply a usual knee to the back restraint in order to handcuff Quinto. (See related articles here and here)

“At one point, during the handcuffing, for a few seconds an officer did have his knee across Angelo’s shoulder blade…taught at police academies for prone handcuffing,” Antioch Police Chief T Brooks said during a press conference on the incident.

According to a Dec. 24 email between then-Acting Chief Trevor Scnhitzius and Assistant City Manager Rosanna Bayon Moore, “Officers responded to a family disturbance service call where the caller reported the subject was hurting another family member. Upon arrival, officers determined the 30 year old male resident was experiencing a mental episode. The resident was restrained in handcuffs for everyone’s safety due to his non-cooperative behavior and was to be sent for a mental health evaluation pursuant to W/I 5150. An ambulance was summoned to the residence and while awaiting the ambulance’s arrival, the subject lost consciousness.”

The Quinto family attorney claimed the police failed to turn on their body and police car dash cameras, however the department did not have them at the time.

Quinto was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Ongoing relationship spat turns violent with one man shot, one arrested Wednesday in Antioch

Friday, August 6th, 2021

By Allen Payton

According to neighbor who contacted the police and the Herald, a drive-by shooting occurred in Southeast Antioch on Wednesday afternoon, August 4, 2021. “Eight shots were fired. Someone screamed out that someone was bleeding,” said the neighbor, who chose to remain anonymous. “Things like this are regularly happening in our town.”

Antioch Police Sgt. Brian Rose confirmed the report on Friday night stating, “at about 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 4 we received numerous reports of shots fired in the 5000 block of Union Mine Drive. We arrived and we located several shell casings and developed information by looking at video surveillance from neighbors’ security cameras. What that showed us was there was some type of argument in front of a home. Someone came out of a home on that street with a handgun and fired multiple rounds at the victim.

We identified the shooter. He’s a 19-year-old male. The victim is a 28-year-old male. The story we got was this ongoing feud between the victim and the suspect’s family. As the victim was being fired upon, he ran across the street. The shooter chased after him and continued shooting. The victim was shot twice.

The victim’s girlfriend, who was there, helped the victim into a car and drove him to Kaiser Deer Valley. He was Life-flighted to another area hospital. As of Wednesday, he was in serious but stable condition. We haven’t received any information that he’s going to die. So, we expect him to recover.”

“The shooter was arrested, and the DA was expected to file charges of attempted murder as soon earlier, today,” Rose added.

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