An Orinda man wanted for questioning in a Walnut Creek sexual assault case held police SWAT teams at bay for several hours after fleeing to his home on Hall Drive Friday and allegedly arming himself with a shotgun.
Walnut Creek police had initially attempted to interview David Martin Justice at the residence in the 200 block of Hall Drive shortly after 2 p.m. but ended up giving chase after Justice, 41, fled the home in a Mercedes – officers giving chase.
Neighbors said they saw Justice return to the residence a short time later. As police from Lamorinda and Walnut Creek closed in, Justice allegedly emerged with a shotgun pointed at his face, threatening suicide.
A police special weapons team filtered into the neighborhood, surrounded Justice’s home and reportedly evacuated neighbors in at least two others as they commenced negotiations with the local man.
Those negotiations continued until approximately 6 p.m., when Justice reportedly surrendered to officers.
Anxious neighbors watched as heavily armed special weapons officers and canine teams filtered into the neighborhood, police and media helicopters hovering overhead.
A BearCat armored car, mobile command vehicle, and other police assets deployed on scene.
Justice will be booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on a warrant for multiple counts of PC 261, sexual assault, with a bail amount of $5,000,000, according to police.