Man fatally shot by police after attacking family ID’d

Photo from the crime scene by Mike Kinney
Luc Ciel

The man who was fatally shot by police after he reportedly broke into a Richmond home and attacked family members with a knife has been identified as 55-year-old Luc Toan Ciel.

The fatal shooting is under investigation by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office as well as RPD, and the four officers involved have been placed on administrative leave per protocol, police said.

The incident unfolded at 2:34 a.m. Monday when police were called to a home in the 900 block of Wilson Avenue on a report of a home invasion. The caller reported his dad had broken a window to enter the home, Richmond police spokesperson Lt. Matthew Stonebraker said.

The caller said the suspect was armed with a knife and trying to stab the family, Stonebraker said. The caller added that the family was trapped inside the home and was unable to exit, he said.

Richmond officers responded and confronted the armed suspect at the rear patio door. The officers “interrupted the suspect’s physical assault on a family member, then fired when the armed suspect ignored commands and advanced on them,” Stonebraker said.

A woman at the home was found suffering from a laceration to her stomach and the man’s son suffered from a laceration to his face. No other family members were harmed during the incident.

The suspect reportedly had a restraining order against him and prior domestic violence contacts, police said.