Authorities Identify Man Killed by Police in Walnut Creek on Thursday Morning

December 27, 2012 22:30 pm · 101 comments

Authorities on Thursday night identified the man shot and killed on Creekside Drive in Walnut Creek.

The man, 22-year-old Anthony Banta Jr. of Walnut Creek, died after being shot by police at 3:15am, just a few minutes after the Walnut Creek Police Department received a 911 call via transfer from the Contra Costa County Fire Department. Screaming could be heard in the background during that call. Officers were immediately sent to 1450 Creekside Drive and arrived within minutes.

Officers confronted Banta, who was allegedly armed, inside an apartment at the complex and were forced to shoot him, according to police.

Banta was pronounced deceased at the scene.

101 J. January 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Banta had a big ‘ol kitchen knife when he charged at Officers.

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