The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office are investigating an officer involved shooting that took place at approximately 9:31 a.m. Wednesday, December 5 , on Adelaide Drive in Pacheco.
According to a press release issued by the Contra Costa Office of the Sheriff, a person who had an outstanding warrant was seen on foot in the area of Adelaide Drive and Pacheco Boulevard. A Deputy attempted to contact him when the person started reaching into his waistband and ran away leading to a foot pursuit by the Deputy. The Deputy attempted to physically control the person, giving numerous verbal commands to show his hands. A struggle ensued and the suspect pulled out a firearm from his waistband and fired one shot toward the Deputy’s head.
The Deputy returned fire, shooting the suspect.
The Fire Department and an ambulance responded to the location where the male suspect was later pronounced deceased at the scene.
The suspect has been officially identified as 41-year-old Paul Ridgeway of Discovery Bay. The autopsy took place this morning, with a cause of death listed as gunshot wounds. Toxicology tests will also be conducted.
Ridgeway has had extensive prior contacts with law enforcement, according to Public Information Officer, Jimmy Lee of the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, that include drug possession, multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of dangerous weapons, felon in possession of a firearm, stolen vehicle possession, obstruction, possession of burglary tools and parole violation. He was also an active member of several gangs in Contra Costa.
The Crime Lab of the Forensic Services Division who processed the scene stated that Ridgeway was face down on the ground. When technicians turned him over, they found a loaded gun with his finger on the trigger. A extended gun magazine was also found in his pocket. An expended bullet casing likely fired from that gun was found near him.
The Deputy Sheriff involved in this incident is identified as Matthew Gauthier who was uninjured in this incident. He has been with the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office for over eight years. He is currently on paid administrative leave.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, please email: email@example.com or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.