A Contra Costa County SWAT team has taken the man suspected of gunning down a woman he had been seeing during a broad daylight shooting at Walnut Creek’s Larkey Park into custody.
The suspect has been identified as Gregory Prokopowicz, 38. His victim was identified Friday by police as 47-year-old Roselyn Policarpio, who had addresses in Martinez and Stockton, according to police
The arrest came minutes after a police marksman fired at least one 40mm “sponge” round – a non-lethal projectile designed to stun – and gas grenades at the 38-year-old who has kept police at bay and a much of Martinez paralyzed since he sheltered in a car there Thursday night, after Prokopowicz left the car he was in to retrieve a bottle of water.
Prokopowicz refused orders to surrender, grabbed the water bottle and ran back to the Mercedes he has taken refuge in since the standoff began some 19 hours earlier – but not before he was hit in the rib cage by the non-lethal round.
Police said they were successful in getting him to throw his gun and a knife out of the vehicle, but that he armed himself with another knife and refused orders to leave the car. Three rounds of tear gas were discharged into the car, and Prokopowicz surrendered at 2:11 p.m.
We’ll have more as details emerge.