A wanted parolee who was fatally shot by Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputies Wednesday night when he allegedly attempted to ram them with a stolen vehicle has been identified as 34-year-old Bay Point resident Thomas Scogland, a sheriff’s spokesman said today.At 9:42 p.m., Deputy Ken Marchese and Deputy Tim Allen initiated a traffic stop on the driver in a stolen Honda Accord on Surf Drive in Bay Point, Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said.Marchese and Allen have each been employed by the sheriff’s office for 11 years.”Scogland was in the process of committing a felony and was likely aware that he had an outstanding warrant for a violation of parole,” sheriff’s Capt. Daniel Terry said in a prepared statement.As Scogland attempted to flee in the stolen car, he allegedly struck a parked car and then backed into Marchese’s patrol vehicle. He then allegedly accelerated toward Allen, at which point both deputies shot him.Scogland was pronounced dead at the scene, Lee said. Allen sustained a leg injury, was treated at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek and later released.Terry said that so far in the investigation it appears that, based on Scogland’s actions, the deputies were justified in shooting him to protect themselves.The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and the sheriff’s office are continuing to investigate the shooting.
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