Off-duty California sheriff’s deputy surrenders after fatally shooting married couple, authorities say

ALAMEDA, Calif. — A sheriff’s deputy was taken into custody Wednesday after he fatally shot a married couple, authorities said, sparking a manhunt through suburban Northern California and a nearly hour-long phone conversation that ended with his surrender, officials said.

Devin Williams Jr., 24, is accused of shooting the woman, 42, and her husband, 58, with his service weapon inside their home early Wednesday in Dublin, about 25 miles southeast of Oakland, sheriff’s spokesman of Alameda County, Lt. Ray. Kelly told reporters.

Williams was off duty at the time.

Williams, who had worked in the sheriff’s office’s forensic division for a year, had not yet been taken into custody when authorities announced his surrender, Kelly said.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Devin Williams Jr. (Dublin City)

“Our agency is in shock,” Kelly said. “It’s not something we deal with. It’s not about that. We had no idea this could happen.”

Kelly added that “some major things” happened in Williams’ life in the past few months that appeared to cause an “emotional crisis.”

“A lot of these facts were undiscovered and undisclosed,” Kelly said.

Kelly said there was a “connectivity” between Williams and the couple, which has not been publicly identified. He did not provide further details.

Williams worked a court shift Tuesday as well as an overtime shift at a county jail until 11 p.m., Kelly said. It was unclear when and how Williams allegedly entered the Dublin home, he said.

Six people were in the home when gunshots were reported to authorities around 12:45 a.m., Kelly said. Among them was an out-of-town relative who became a key eyewitness to the shooting, Kelly said.

The couple were pronounced dead at the scene, Dublin Police Department said in a news release. No one else was injured.

Williams fled in a Volkswagen, Kelly said. Highway Patrol officers arrested him about 160 miles away, near the town of Coalinga, minutes before authorities announced his surrender during an 11:30 a.m. news conference, Kelly said.

Williams surrendered after a 45-minute phone conversation with Dublin Police Chief Garrett Holmes, who used crisis intervention techniques to peacefully resolve the incident, Kelly said.

Before starting at the sheriff’s office, Williams worked in the state’s Central Valley for the Stockton Police Department. A department spokesman, Joe Silva, said he worked for a year, from Jan. 16, 2020, to Jan. 19, 2021.

Silva declined to discuss Williams’ “separation” from the department, saying it was a personnel matter.

Kelly said the sheriff’s office conducted a thorough background check before hiring Williams and found her to be “impeccable.”

In the year since Williams was hired, no disciplinary or other issues have been reported, Kelly said, adding that he had done “a very good job.”

“He really was a remarkable young person,” Kelly said. “How we got here today – that will be part of our investigation and something we will look at as a law enforcement profession.”

It was not immediately clear if Williams has an attorney to speak on his behalf.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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