Concord police officers shot and killed a woman armed with a handgun Thursday evening, according to a police official.
Officers responded to a report of a suicidal female in the 2700
block of Pacheco Street around 5:30 p.m., Lt. David Hughes said.
The woman, later identified as 57-year-old Valeri Hawkins, told a
police dispatcher she had a gun and wanted to kill herself, according to
Arriving officers found Hawkins standing outside of a residence
holding a handgun, he said.
An officer ordered her to drop the firearm but she refused and
pointed the gun at him, Hughes said.
The officer feared for his life and fired one shot at Hawkins in
self-defense, he said.
Officers performed CPR on her but she was later pronounced dead at
the scene, according to Hughes.
Hawkins is a Concord resident with a history of mental illness,
The Contra Costa County sheriff's and district attorney's offices
are assisting Concord police in investigating the shooting.
No one else was injured in the incident.
--Bay City News