Police: Amador Park shooting 'targeted' two people

Pleasanton man booked on suspicion of assault with deadly weapon

Pleasanton police announced Tuesday that subsequent investigation into a shooting nearly two weeks ago at Amador Park revealed robbery was the motive for the incident originally classified as suspicious circumstances.

Officers detained Pleasanton resident Trevor Duane Copeland, 24, shortly after the incident in which one gunshot was fired near the picnic tables at the Black Avenue park around 7 p.m. April 22. Witnesses couldn't immediately identify Copeland's face as that of the shooter, but he was arrested that night on suspicion of public intoxication, according to Sgt. Larry Cox.

Investigators continued to probe the incident, and Cox said Tuesday that new details emerged allegedly showing Copeland intentionally targeted two people he knew with the goal to rob them. The gunshot "narrowly missed" the targeted individuals and no one was injured, the sergeant said.

Officers obtained a search warrant to look through Copeland's home, which they searched Tuesday and found evidence linking Copeland to the shooting, according to Cox, who did not specify what evidence was recovered.

Cox alleged Copeland later admitted that he was the shooter and that robbery was his motive.

The Pleasanton man was arrested on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Police think he acted alone and it was an isolated incident, according to Cox.

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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on May 4, 2016 at 9:58 am

Good Job Pleasanton PD!

Unfortunately the judicial system will probably give him (maybe) 1 year in jail with probation tucked in.

Individuals who commit any act of violence with a weapon (knife/gun/bat or other, should get mandatory 3 yrs minimum.

A good deal of criminals today are part of the "catch/release" program, and will rinse/repeat.

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Posted by Retired Police Officer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2016 at 2:38 pm

In all the articles concerning this incident, there has been no mention if the firearm has been recovered. Has it been found? Or is it somewhere between the shooting scene and where the suspect was originally stopped? Do we have an unaccounted firearm that might be found by children in a public park?

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