Gunman who injured first responders in Antioch captured in Richmond

Gunman who injured first responders in Antioch arrested in Richmond
Bullet hole on an ambulance after a gunman opened fire on first responders in Antioch on Saturday, Feb., 20, 2021. (Photos credited to Antioch Police Department)
A gunman who opened fire on first responders tending to a medical emergency in Antioch on Saturday night, injuring a firefighter and a medic, was arrested following a pursuit that ended in Richmond and was later found to be a suspect in a homicide in Discovery Bay, police said.
Following the arrest of 26-year-old Darryon Williams of Stockton, Antioch police conducted a welfare check on a home in Discovery Bay and found 64-year-old Michael Iliff inside with fatal gunshot wounds. Williams is the suspect in the homicide, and authorities are also trying to find Williams’ four-year-old son and the mother of the child, 31-year-old Kimberly Meeks of Discovery Bay, who has links to the Stockton-Sacramento area. 

The case unfolded at 8:51 p.m. Saturday, when Antioch police along with a fire engine from Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (ConFire) and an ambulance from American Medical Response (AMR) responded to the 1900 block of Auto Center Drive on a report of a citizen requiring emergency medical attention, according to the Antioch Police Department.

“While tending to the patient, a suspect in a silver SUV drove by the team of first responders and began shooting at them,” police said. “Afterwards, the suspect turned around and drove past the group again, firing a second series of shots. A ConFire firefighter and an AMR medic were struck by gunfire.”

The firefighter and medic were transported to local hospitals with injuries determined to be non-life threatening, police said. According to ABC7, the firefighter was shot in the foot and the paramedic was shot in the leg.

Antioch police chased the suspect vehicle onto Highway 4, and the pursuit continued through Contra Costa and Alameda counties before ending in Richmond after the suspect collided with a parked vehicle, police said. He attempted to flee but was quickly captured by officers from the Richmond Police Department and California Highway Patrol. The capture occurred in the 2200 block of Macdonald Avenue, ABC7 stated. A firearm was collected at the scene, police said.

After authorities later discovered the homicide scene in Discovery Bay, Williams was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on one count of murder and ten counts of attempted murder. He is being held in lieu of $11 million bail.

Anyone with information about the active investigation is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925)778-2441, or Detective Brogdon at 925-779-6895. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.