Police cordoned off the Walnut Creek Motel 6 at 2389 N. Main Street Saturday after an apparent robbery attempt ended with a person shot and wounded there or in the area at about 9:30 Saturday morning.
Main Street was blocked by police from Penniman Way to Parkside for more than five hours while police brought in an armored Bearcat and special weapons team to help search for at least one suspect, believed armed with a pistol.
Police said they received a 911 call regarding a person who had been shot inside a motel room at 9:37 a.m. Officers responded to the scene and located one person suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. The victim was transported to John Muir Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police developed information that the suspect, Dashon Banks, 30, of Pittsburg, was still on scene inside a motel room. The Central County SWAT Team, a tactical team comprised of members from Walnut Creek PD, San Ramon PD, Martinez PD, BART PD, and Pleasant Hill PD, responded to the scene to assist.
Walnut Creek Police detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Banks and search warrants for two motel rooms. At approximately 3:00 p.m., Central County SWAT served the warrants and took Banks into custody without incident. Banks was later booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on the following charges: Attempted Murder – 664/187 PC, Assault with a Deadly Weapon – 245 PC, and Robbery – 211 PC.
Based on the information obtained thus far, detectives believe this is an isolated incident and do not believe there is an active threat to the community.