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*Update-Contra Costa County Sheriff Identifies Paul Hammond as Man Fatally Shot by Deputy in Hospital

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A 47-year-old Rio Vista man who was fatally shot in a hospital emergency room in Martinez this morning has been identified as Paul Hammond by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. Hammond had walked into the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center complaining of chest pains. While he was being treated, he allegedly brandished a knife at the nurses. Deputies, who were on duty at the hospital, were called to assist. Hammond was shot at about 2:10 a.m. after threatening the deputies, who repeatedly told him to put the knife down, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Lee said. Hammond was pronounced dead at the hospital, located at 2500 Alhambra Ave. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. Two deputies who were involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave. The sheriff’s office, the Martinez Police Department, and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Martinez Police Department at (925) 372-3440.

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  • I feel he had a death wish, otherwise he wouldn’t have challenged the deputies, he was told repeatedly to put his knife down, he choose not too, knowing the consequences. I am sad that he choose to take his own life, thru someone else, he implicated others and they have to deal with that for the rest of their lives, that, to me is a selfish way to end your life.

  • you cops taze everyone under the sun. but not paul? hes was a man at a hospital w/ problems and you just shoot.
    i knew this man.something is a miss.
    dUCK YOU!!!
    you all are just lookin to pull a force all the o.g. cops out to hire a bunch of rookies to save a buck and look what happens. some cops fresh outa high school get trigger happy and now someone is gone for good.
    you dont have pepper spry to use like on COPS you duck ups?? WTF?!WAY TO GO.

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