Suspect Shot By Concord Officer Hospitalized, Injures Not Life-Threatening

March 11, 2018 15:57 pm · 20 comments

(by Janis Mara) – An alleged wanted felony suspect who was shot in Concord by an officer as he fled arrest Saturday is in the hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, police said today.

Joshua Robertson, 40, of Antioch, was in a car that was stopped around 5:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Allegro Avenue near Clayton Road, according to police.

Officers stopped the car because they were looking for a man wanted in a domestic violence incident, police said. The Concord officers were helping Antioch officers who were also looking for him. Robertson was
identified as one of the passengers, according to police.

Suspect Robertson allegedly had a felony warrant for his arrest on suspicion of robbery, terrorist threats and dissuading a witness through the express or implied threat of force or violence, police said.

As officers placed Robertson under arrest, he fled, and the officer-involved shooting occurred, according to police. Officers provided medical aid until paramedics arrived and took over.

The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an investigation into the officer-involved shooting, as is the normal protocol in such cases, police said.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Detective Mahan of the Concord Police Major Crimes Unit at (925) 603-5817.

PO'd March 11, 2018 at 4:14 PM

I would hope the always forgiving California Penal system would find a way to keep this scum locked up for a long time. Thank you Concord Police for doing what needed to be done.

Darwin March 11, 2018 at 4:28 PM

Great job CPD!! Taking a violent suspect off the street.

Ano March 11, 2018 at 6:03 PM

One more scumbag off the street for a little while. Great job

Taxpayer March 11, 2018 at 10:07 PM

Good job CPD!

Mystic Mystic March 11, 2018 at 10:46 PM

Why, because they shot the suspect or because they captured him? Let’s not jump for joy just yet. I’m waiting to hear that the suspect had a weapon that justified the shooting; otherwise, Concord’s going to pay another big chunk of change for having trigger-happy cops.

Anon March 12, 2018 at 8:56 AM

City of Concord just paid out 1.2 million because CPD shot & killed an unarmed suspect in Antioch during an incident two years ago.

Alleged cover up of incident also ruined a couple of cops careers. Real tragedy all the way around.

Taxpayer March 12, 2018 at 5:26 PM

Sorry … meant to say GREAT JOB CPD!!! … why do people think it is OK to run from the police and put innocent people at risk?

GalliGupta March 11, 2018 at 10:41 PM

So the law suit will be smaller then & maybe no protests?

TraumaRx March 11, 2018 at 11:13 PM

How would you justify shooting someone in the back while they are running away?

nytemuvr March 12, 2018 at 2:03 AM

If he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Chicken Little March 12, 2018 at 4:12 AM

Using deadly force to stop a fleeing felon MAY be justified if he poses an immediate grave danger to the public.

But I missed the part where they said they shot him in the back while he was running away. Do you have some info that the rest of us don’t?

Darwin March 12, 2018 at 8:18 AM

Maybe he shouldn’t have ran and showed some respect to a person of authority holding a gun. Something tells me this is not his first rodeo.

Cowellian March 12, 2018 at 8:36 AM

I see what you did there, nytemuvr!

CPT Obvious March 12, 2018 at 4:09 PM

I guess in nursing school they never went over the United States Supreme court cases of Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1 (1985) or Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386 (1989)? The US Supreme Court said it doesn’t matter whether they get shot in the front or the back or what force was used for that matter. It only matters why the police used the force they did. For a seizure, under the 4th Amendment, the court looks to see if the force used objectively reasonable. The Court held that, under the Fourth Amendment, when a law enforcement officer is pursuing a fleeing suspect, the officer may not use deadly force to prevent escape unless “the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others.” As to how to justify shooting someone on in the back. How about these scenarios. You are the police officer. Someone shoots at you and then turns around and runs away. Base on your logic so long as he running away the officer is forbidden to shoot back. Richard Rameriz, the night stalker, is seen by the police. (He is unarmed yet he has been identified as having been responsible for killing at least 14 people and tortured dozens more.) He will undoubtedly continue killing until he is stopped. The police tell him to stop but he refuses. Rameriz turns and runs away. Based on your logic the police would be forbidden from shooting him in the back. In both scenarios, the police would be justified in shooting the fleeing felon in the back.

BoycottTheCircus March 12, 2018 at 6:14 PM

He was a POS, did you read is his criminal background? Why should he get away with anymore then he has? It’s time for him to go bye bye! Most importantly it seems like you may be defending a POS.

KM March 11, 2018 at 11:49 PM

It’s truly disheartening that the MANY choices each has throughout their journey, the consequences fall heavily to so many….Yet, what is ALWAYS on the back burner is each was given only ONE chance to be so special and designed to know an existence at all…Tears fall heavily from my cheeks so often now as I know I’m almost done….I am lucky…because for granted never was instilled or within me…My heart has enough room for everyone.

Ummm March 12, 2018 at 6:24 AM

Ummm, Why was he shot? It sounds like he should have been arrested, not shot.
Hopefully, something more transpired than a wanted guy running away; blam !

bye bye bay March 12, 2018 at 12:44 PM

Quite your crying! Hell back out in no time to harm more people and this time he’s getting a pay day! To bad for him he wasn’t a illegal immigrant because I’m sure he would of got more in the lawsuit, protection, protests in his name and who knows what else.

Anyway, way to go Concord PD! If our judicial system isn’t going to put away these Piece of SH*$% I say Fire Away! Tired of these criminals being let out to harm more people and put more police lives in danger.

By the way, where is all the AB109 Funding showing through that lets out criminals but theres supposed to be a task force to monitor these a holes. IM sure it went towards the bullet train. Come on California!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill Cutting March 12, 2018 at 2:26 PM

I agree aim and fire and get the tax cheat drug dealers in concord who laugh about not working and think the rest of us are chumps. They own homes and assets too. Plenty of them to bust and confiscate revenue to pay for new roads. Some are armed too but you know the priorities around here are all about checkpoints and importing third world scum.

Out Chief March 13, 2018 at 11:58 AM

We would all know the truth if Concord PD had body cameras. But your chief of police has kept them off of his officers to cover his own backside. If the chief can’t equip or won’t equip his cops for transparency then take a hike. Chief Swanger has been stalling for four years double talking to council and the public. Now his cop is facing the spotlight without help of a camera. Cowardly leadership chief!

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