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Anthony Banta Jr. Identified As Suspect Killed In Officer -Involved Shooting

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An armed suspect who was shot and killed by police officers at a Walnut Creek apartment complex early this morning has been identified as a 22-year-old man, authorities said. The Contra Costa County coroner’s office identified Anthony Banta Jr., a Walnut Creek resident, as the man shot and killed after officers responded to an incident at the Diablo Pointe Apartments at 1450 Creekside Drive. At 3:13 a.m. a 911 call in which someone was screaming in the background was transferred to Walnut Creek police from county fire dispatch, police said.

Officers arrived at the complex and fired at Banta inside an apartment at about 3:19 a.m., police said. Police said officers were forced to shoot Banta, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not released additional details about the confrontation. No one else was injured, and no other suspects are being sought, police said. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave as police, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and the county crime lab investigate the case.

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  • I grew up with this young man. He was a good person and it is obvious this was some sort of mental breakdown as stated by the family. Also his roommate and the girlfriend are not making any public comments, probably because they understand that this was a fluke incident as well. It sickens me to see all the negative comments being posted on several websites. I hope the public will have respect for his family in their time of loss. I am married to an officer and so I say this from a different stand point than most. I do not hate law enforcement but can definitely state we have some “trigger happy” officers on our hand in this situation. Shooting Anthony was definitely not the appropriate action here. They have tazors and could have restrained him in some other way before resorting to shooting him. Shame on you WCPD.

  • Anthony was a good kid and had a great heart. Please don’t make him sound like a bad person. This was just a crazy incident. He shouldn’t be placed in the same category as all those other crazy people involved in shootings. Rip Anthony

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