A man was shot and killed, and his brother was wounded, when Martinez police opened fire at their fleeing car outside a cannabis dispensary, the family’s attorney said Thursday.
The shooting happened outside Velvet Cannabis on Sunrise Drive near Pacheco Boulevard in the early morning hours of August 18. Four officers opened fire, killing Tahmon Wilson, 20, and injuring his older brother Tommy Wilson.
Martinez police say Wilson, while behind the wheel of a blue Infiniti, hit an officer and then drove toward others, leading four officers to open fire.
Martinez Police Department Press Release
August 18, 2023
OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING – 4808 SUNRISE DR, MARTINEZ
UPDATE @ 3:15 p.m.: Based on the investigation, it is believed that four Martinez police officers discharged their firearms in this incident. The four officers have been placed on administrative leave as per department policy.
One of the civilians in the incident who was transported to the hospital is deceased. In accordance with Assembly Bill 1506 (https://oag.ca.gov/ois-incidents), the Martinez Police Department notified the California Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ is leading the investigation and will independently review the officer-involved shooting.
Media inquiries can be directed to DOJ’s press line at (916) 210-6000.
August 18, 2023
On August 18, 2023, around 3:27 a.m., the Martinez Police Department received a report of a video alarm at Velvet, a cannabis dispensary, located at 4808 Sunrise Drive. While enroute, officers were advised of multiple subjects at the business along with two vehicles.
Officers arrived on scene around 3:32 a.m. and one of the vehicles, described as a white SUV, fled the scene.
Officers broadcast that shots were fired and there was an assault on an officer. The second vehicle attempted to flee and then crashed into a fire hydrant. The two occupants of the vehicle were transported to the hospital.
Additional law enforcement agencies responded to secure the scene. The Martinez Police Department initiated an investigation with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office in accordance with the countywide protocol for officer-involved shootings. One officer is receiving treatment at the hospital for what is believed to be a minor injury.
The investigating agencies have responded with extensive resources to determine exactly what took place. The area where the incident occurred remains closed while crime scene investigators collect evidence. The officers involved were wearing body-worn cameras and footage is being reviewed as part of the investigation.
The investigation is in its early stages and ongoing. Further information is expected to be released this evening.
Additionally, our understanding of the incident may change as more individuals are interviewed and evidence is collected and analyzed.
If you have information regarding this incident, please contact Investigations at 925-372-3450.