Police responded to a home in the 300 block of Birchwood Drive Saturday after a confrontation between neighbors allegedly turned violent.
One person was believed injured, possibly with wounds inflicted by a baseball bat, and a multi-agency police response flooded the normally sedate neighborhood in Moraga’s Rheem Valley Manor.
The incident was reported in a flurry of calls from neighbors at about 11:49 a.m. Neighbors said a homeowner, reportedly a man in his 50s, allegedly attacked a neighbor, beating her about the head and torso with a baseball bat.
Neighbors said they heard a young woman screaming and pleading for help, with the vanguard of what turned out to be a heavy police response from as far away as Walnut Creek arriving on the scene shortly after. The younger woman was believed to be the daughter of the injured woman.
Neighbors contacting this site reported a sizable police presence arriving and filtering into the neighborhood, establishing positions overlooking the assailant’s home. Police put at least one drone up and attempted to establish communication with the male suspect in an attempt to negotiate his surrender. About an hour into the standoff, with the suspect walking in and out of the residence, police fired “less lethal” munitions at the man – with no apparent effect.
The motivation for the alleged assault remains unconfirmed, though a few residents called it “petty.”
At approximately 1:30 p.m. neighbors reported hearing a “gunshot” fired from the residence, though that could not immediately be confirmed. Minutes later, additional shots were heard as the suspect apparently armed himself with an AR-15-style rifle and was seen aiming the weapon at a police drone. Not long after that, the suspect was observed popping in and out of the home and, at least once, aiming his weapon at police who had established a cordon around the residence.
At approximately 2:33 p.m. the armed man reportedly stepped out into his backyard, sat down and fired a shot into his head. It is not believed at this point that police fired at the suspect at any time.
Panicked neighbors reported the shots and police maintaining their cordon around the home, eventually moving in to confirm the death.