WALNUT CREEK -- A 22-year-old man was fatally shot by Walnut Creek police inside an apartment early Thursday as they responded to a 911 call in which a woman was heard screaming on the line, officials said.
The Contra Costa coroner's office identified the man as Anthony Banta Jr. of Walnut Creek, but police released few details about the suspect or specifics that led to the shooting.
Officers were sent to the Diablo Pointe Apartments at 1450 Creekside Drive about 3:15 a.m., after receiving the 911 call, according to Walnut Creek police Capt. Tim Schultz. Officers confronted the man, who was armed, and "were forced to shoot," Schultz said.
Police would not say what kind of weapon he was armed with or say what specific action he took to provoke the shooting. Schultz said more than one officer fired on the man, but he declined to identify them or discuss their service histories.
No one else was injured. Banta was pronounced dead at the scene.
Schultz said there were no other suspects involved in the shooting, which he said was "an isolated incident to that apartment," posing no ongoing danger to nearby residents. He said he was not aware of any previous calls for police at the apartment.
The officers involved have been sequestered, Schultz said, and will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice. The shooting is being investigated jointly by Walnut Creek police, the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office and the Contra Costa Crime Lab.
A short street just south of Las Lomas High School and the Broadway Plaza shopping center, Creekside Drive is lined with apartments and condominiums. The narrow window near the front door of the apartment where the shooting occurred was partially covered with plywood late Thursday. Ming Yang, who lives in the adjacent building, said he heard four rapid gunshots, but no screams. Other residents also said they heard gunshots, but they weren't familiar with the occupants of the apartment.
A resident who said he subscribed to the Police Department's crime-alert system said he was not aware of any significant crime in the neighborhood.
The fatal shooting was the first in Walnut Creek this year and the first officer-involved shooting in the city since 2001, Schultz said. In that 2001 incident, officers shot and killed 23-year-old Jason Amen Watts inside an electronics store after officers said he pulled out a gun when they asked for identification.