Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office Releases Images Of Suspect’s Gun Allegedly Used During Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

December 6, 2018 18:29 pm · 20 comments

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate the fatal officer-involved shooting that took place on Wednesday morning in Pacheco.

The suspect has been officially identified by police as 41-year-old Paul Ridgeway of Discovery Bay.

The incident occurred as two deputies were finishing up a response to a call on Adelaide Drive when one noticed Ridgeway, who had an outstanding warrant and was on foot near Pacheco Boulevard and Adelaide Drive, according to the sheriff’s office.

The deputy went to contact him, but Ridgeway allegedly reached into his waistband while running away, prompting a foot pursuit. The deputy commanded him to show his hands and tried to physically control him, sheriff’s officials said.

During the struggle, Ridgeway allegedly pulled out a firearm from his waistband and fired a shot toward the deputy’s head but missed. The deputy returned fire and shot Ridgeway, who was pronounced dead at the scene,
according to the sheriff’s office.

Ridgeway had a no-bail warrant for evading and resisting arrest in another county, was an alleged gang member with multiple prior law enforcement contacts for assault, theft and other offenses, sheriff’s officials said.

The autopsy on Ridgeway took place this morning, and the cause of death is listed as gunshot wounds. Toxicology tests will also be conducted, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Crime Lab of the Forensic Services Division processed the scene. They say Ridgeway was face down on the ground and when technicians turned him over, they found a loaded gun with his finger on the trigger.

An extended gun magazine was also found in his pocket, and an expended bullet casing likely fired from that gun was found near him, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Lostandhappy December 6, 2018 at 7:31 PM

Poor criminal, I hope his victims, police officers, DA’s, judges and most likely, public appointed defense attorney’s mourn this loss of such a great life….

anon December 7, 2018 at 7:32 AM

He tried to kill a Deputy
such sarcasm……..

Where's John Burris???? December 6, 2018 at 8:58 PM

No worries as far as cops being racist, black lives matter BS, protests blocking freeways, media bias and catering, no kneeling during sporting events, disproportionate amount of white criminal discrimination complaints, nobody’s pushing for a BART station to be named after this upstanding citizen, etc. etc. etc…… Funny how that works, Yo?

Beanzy December 7, 2018 at 2:14 AM

Hey, Where’s John Burris???? You wrote:

“No worries as far as cops being racist, black lives matter BS, protests blocking freeways, media bias and catering, no kneeling during sporting events, disproportionate amount of white criminal discrimination complaints, nobody’s pushing for a BART station to be named after this upstanding citizen, etc. etc. etc…… Funny how that works, Yo?”

The dead guy, Ridgeway, was white and allegedly a member of a gang affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood. Care to clarify how you came to believe he’s black?

Read it Again December 7, 2018 at 8:24 AM

Reading comprehension is so hard.
Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Rollo Tomasi December 7, 2018 at 9:16 AM

Amazing how things have to be spelled out for some people.

LOL! December 7, 2018 at 5:46 AM

An extended magazine? Those are illegal in Kalifornistan!!

Barbie Girl December 7, 2018 at 6:30 AM

Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time……🎵🎶🎵🎶

Lostandhappy December 7, 2018 at 7:27 AM

Oh my, are you saying cops are so racists they are targeting white folks now too???? You do realize the poor victim was a white due so you can put your racism card away on this one, yo.

Carnac the Magnificent December 7, 2018 at 8:54 AM

sarcasm
noun [ U ] US ​ /ˈsɑrˌkæz·əm/

literature remarks that mean the opposite of what they say, made to criticize someone or something in a way that is amusing to others but annoying to the person criticized:

biting/heavy sarcasm

Sign from Above December 7, 2018 at 9:14 AM

@ Lost & Beanzy

OK…….I’ll break it down for you. Pay attention now. I’ll make it VERY easy to follow!

He was pointing out the fact that, since the cop and the victim were white, we’re not seeing anyone up in arms about it. Regardless of the situation, had the victim been black, Burris would have been all over it, the cop would have been vilified, and the POS (potential cop killer) that was killed would have been made into a martyr!

anon December 7, 2018 at 7:57 AM

He tried to kill a Deputy
such sarcasm……..

Rollo Tomasi December 7, 2018 at 9:20 AM

Apparently some comments are far too nuanced for certain people to comprehend.

Tom December 7, 2018 at 9:28 AM

Ok he’s a criminal and had a gun AND an extended magazine? How is this possible, the laws say this is illegal in California.

Sign from Above December 7, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Yes……Actually, guns are the only things really illegal in California these days!

WC December 7, 2018 at 10:19 AM

So we have a convicted felon with:
1. An illegal firearm
2. Wasn’t bought at a sporting goods store with a background check performed.
3.Illegal magazine (over 10 rounds).

Those Califonia gun control laws sure work good.

Old Guss December 7, 2018 at 10:49 AM

Dude is a criminal who tried to kill a cop. Race is irrelevant here homey.
Thank you to the brave men who wear the badge and put these thugs in the ground where they belong.

Rollo Tomasi December 7, 2018 at 1:30 PM

That’s the point, Guss. In circumstances like this, race should always be irrelevant. But we know that’s not the case.

WC Resident December 7, 2018 at 11:15 AM

I am glad Paul Ridgeway was finally able to turn his life around and will now be pushing up daisies. I’m impressed with the deputy’s response in dealing with incoming fire.

Princess December 8, 2018 at 10:28 PM

What an asshole and try to kill a deputy.
The woman he was with is trying to defend him no bail warrant that tell you everything 🤷‍♀️

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