I wish to address the Oakley community regarding last nights fatal officer involved shooting on Teresa Lane. The events that transpired last night can only be described as very scary and dangerous for all involved.
To put it very mildly what happened last night was completely unnecessary.
The suspect chose to drive the direction of what played out when he could have taken several different avenues to deal with whatever angst he had going on in his life. He also could have given up upon our officers making contact with him.
Instead, the suspect elected to resort to gun violence to traumatize the initial domestic violence victim in this case and subject our officers to the difficult actions they eventually had to take, thus creating more victims. The officers involved in last nights incident exhausted every readily available option they had in this type of scenario before taking the ultimate action they had to take.
The incident that we dealt with last night has become all too commonplace with a total of eight law enforcement officers being killed by gunfire across America in just the last month.
Every member of the Oakley Police Department is valued and appreciated. I am grateful beyond measure our department did not meet with a tragic result for us.
The Contra Costa County Officer Involved Fatal Incident Protocol guides the investigative steps we need to take with our officers and we are following that prescribed protocol. We are also being proactive in taking care of all of our personnel who were involved in last nights incident by making sure they have readily available access to a service provider who specializes in treating first responders who have been exposed to matters like the one we experienced last night.
It is my strong desire to provide the necessary and healthy resources our personnel need in order to continue having productive lives after experiencing life threatening, or very unsettling, situations. I also urge victims of domestic violence to realize they do need help and to reach out for it.
A domestic violence victim may reach out to their local police department for assistance. They may also reach out to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit at 925-957-2200. If immediate assistance is sought and a victim does not want to interact with a police department they may reach out to the STAND! Crisis line at 1-888-215-5555. It would be inappropriate for me to comment much further on this case at this time because it is literally still an ongoing investigation.
I will however identify the suspect as Frank Anthony Correa, a 58-year-old male and resident of Oakley.
The Oakley Police Department is requesting information from anybody who may know anything about this investigation to call us at 925-625-8060 or email us at [email protected]
Chief Paul Beard