Suspect Killed by Concord Police Identified as 21-year-old Bay Point Man

May 13, 2013 17:30 pm · 106 comments

A man fatally shot by Concord police who were in Antioch working a drug case Friday night has been identified as Charles Burns, according to the Contra Costa County coroner’s office.

Burns, 21, was shot after Concord police say they were conducting surveillance around 9 p.m. at a home in the 2700 block of Barcelona Circle in Antioch.

The man was a suspect in a drug sales case at a house that police were attempting to serve a search warrant. While watching the house, Burns allegedly came out and got into a car driven by another 21-year-old Bay Point man.

Officers tried to contact Burns to serve the warrant, but the driver of the car allegedly drove off and rammed an occupied police vehicle. Burns allegedly ran from the car, which was when two officers fired and hit him.

According to police, the officers feared for their safety. Police unsuccessfully attempted to revive Burns with life-saving techniques. The driver was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, police said.

Antioch and Concord police and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting.

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101 Don't Censor Me Bro May 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Bottom line –

When considering all of the facts and circumstances known to them at the time…

Was the officers’ use of deadly force objectively reasonable and justified?

102 @Elmwood 97 88 May 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Perhaps you dont understand what i was saying in 87.

If the police had properly used the safety procedure in handling a firearm, none of the officers would have jumped the trigger. They need to go thru life saving practices again. Its a shame that it takes a death for them to go thru it again.

103 Witnesses speak out May 17, 2013 at 8:16 AM

As much as we’d like to think the police are always doing the right thing, I can’t forget Central Contra Costa County California Narcotic Enforcement Team Commander Norman Wielsch was indicted on multiple charges. The counts include embezzlement, second-degree burglar and conspiracy, as well as the drug-related charges.

Witnesses are scared to come forward and I’ve heard there is some video footage. I suggest they take it to the media. Screw local media. Put the video on YouTube and get your voice heard. Contact national media. Do it anonymously if just want to get it out.

Can any of you who are copying and pasting police procedure explain why they released a dog on him after he had been mortally injured/shot in the head? Adding insult to injury or trying to muddle up the oncident? Is that standard procedure or shouldn’t the dog have been released first?

104 Anon May 21, 2013 at 6:15 AM

They did send a dog didnt they? Straight unjustified shooting, police brutality, and abuse of power as a police officer. Just because thry carry a badge and gun, does not give them a license to kill.

105 Futurama May 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

the concord PD is sick, just act their therapist. It’s ridiculous the crimes they commit and what they get away with.

106 Julie martinez May 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Wow! So many people are quick to judge the life of Charles,the Burns family, and the police. It’s so sad that 90% of you don’t even know what your talking about and should be ashamed of the words spoken on here. Get a life and worry about your own….. Everyone is so quick to point fingers and wish death, blame others, and talk non-sense.may he rest in paradise. My condolences to the family. This world is so judgmental. Where is love and support when it is needed most.

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