A Northern California sheriff’s deputy turned himself in to law enforcement on charges of the fatal murder of a husband and wife at their home early Wednesday, officials said.
Devin Williams Jr., a deputy with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, called officers hours after the shooting and said he wanted to turn himself in, officials said. Police remained on the phone with him until the off-duty deputy was detained by the California Highway Patrol near the Central Valley town of Collinga, about 160 miles south of the crime scene.
Police were called to a house in Dublin – a city on the East Bay about 35 miles from downtown San Francisco – at approximately 12:45 a.m. 911 callers said two people had been shot inside the residence and The suspect, who was later identified as Williams, had fled in a vehicle.
Police said Williams used his service weapon in the shooting and threw it away as he fled.
According to Alameda County Sheriff’s spokesman Lieutenant Ray Kelly, Williams apparently knew the couple but investigators were still trying to “reinforce their connection” and determine motive.
Both the victims, whose names were not immediately released, were declared brought dead on the spot.
Kelly said a male relative of the couple was not hurt and was talking to detectives about what happened.
Witnesses identified the gunman as 24-year-old Williams.
Kelly said Williams has been in the sheriff’s office since September 2021 and is still on probation. He was employed at the Oakland Courthouse and had no concerns about the performance of his work.
Williams, who is from Stockton, worked briefly with the Stockton Police Department, where he completed his police academy, but was eventually let go after failing his field training program, Kelly said.
Stockton Police spokesman Officer Joseph Silva said he could not discuss why Williams left the department because it was a “personnel matter”. He confirmed that Williams worked for the Stockton Police Department from January 2020 to January 2021.
The Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs Association, the union that represents rank-and-file deputies, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Dublin Police Chief Garrett Holmes said during Wednesday’s press conference, “This is a great loss to our community and it is even more disheartening to find that it was indeed the trigger person behind this tragic incident.”,
Holmes became emotional as he made his statement. As CBS Bay Area reports, Kelly later told reporters that it was because he “spoke to the suspect about surrender”.
“It’s been a very difficult day for him and for our department,” Kelly said.