Walnut Creek Police on Monday afternoon announced they shot & killed 22-year-old Anthony Banta after he charged at them with a 10-inch Chef’s knife.
Banta, of Walnut Creek, died after being shot by police at 3:15am on December 27th, 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 inside an apartment at the complex and were forced to shoot him, according to police.
Banta was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Walnut Creek Police Department is still waiting to receive toxicology reports, which will tell if Banta was drunk or on drugs at the time of the incident.