Arrest in Shooting of California Firefighter and Paramedic

A Stockton man is arrested for shooting first responders and a civilian.
(Contra Costa County Fire)

Two wounded in drive-by shooting during a medical call

Maggie Angst and George Kelly, East Bay Times

(MCT)

Feb. 21–ANTIOCH – A Stockton man was arrested Saturday after authorities said he shot one man to death inside a Discovery Bay home, shot and wounded two first-responders in an apparent random attack, then led police on a pursuit across the East Bay.

Investigators said they were still searching for the man’s wife and child, saying Sunday that detectives had “concerns about their safety.”

Shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, a Contra Costa County firefighter and paramedic were responding to a medical emergency near Auto Center Drive and Sycamore Drive in Antioch, police said. As first responders were working, a silver SUV drove by and someone inside fired several shots at them.

The vehicle then drove by again and someone inside fired more shots, police say.

A 58-year-old paramedic was shot in the leg, and a 31-year-old firefighter was shot in the foot. Both were taken to hospitals for treatment.

Police said the SUV fled the scene westbound on Highway 4 toward Pittsburg and was pursued by officers who chased the suspect through Contra Costa and Alameda counties until he crashed his car into a parked vehicle in Richmond. The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by police. Upon searching the suspect’s vehicle, police said they found a firearm.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, the Contra Costa Sheriff’s office identified the suspect as Darryon Williams. Antioch police said after his arrest, they asked the sheriff’s office to check a home late Saturday in the 2100 block of Newport Court in Discovery Bay.

When deputies arrived at the home and searched it, they found a dead man with gunshot wounds. A sheriff’s spokesman identified the man Sunday as Micahel Iliff, 64, and said Williams was the suspect in his killing. After an interview Sunday afternoon, Williams was booked into Martinez county jail on suspicion of one count of murder and ten counts of attempted murder. He was held on $11 million bail.

Investigators were working Sunday to find Williams’ four-year-old son and his mother, Kimberly Meeks, 31, of Discovery Bay, saying they were concerned for the pair’s safety. Detectives believe Meeks, who was described as having ties to Stockton and Sacramento, may be traveling in a dark-colored Audi sport-utility vehicle with California plate 6UKN742.

Anyone with information may call the sheriff’s investigative division at 925-313-2600 or dispatchers at 925-646-2441, or may e-mail tips@so.cccounty.us or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voicemail.

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