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Pleasanton police identify man killed by officer Saturday

Original post made on May 22, 2017

Law enforcement officials Monday identified Shannon Edward Estill, 58, as the man who was shot and killed by a Pleasanton police officer after allegedly pointing a replica handgun at police during a family dispute on Burgundy Drive Saturday morning.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 22, 2017, 5:47 PM

Comments (16)

Posted by Chris
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm

Sad for the family and the officer. My prayers go out to both

Posted by Raven1
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 22, 2017 at 7:24 pm

Suicide by cop?

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 22, 2017 at 8:55 pm

Very sad.
Hopefully those that question the integrity and service of our police department will now also support them now.

Posted by yolanda w
a resident of Avila
on May 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm

The cruds who immediately vilified the police without knowing the details can go crawl back under their dark dank rocks now.

thoughts and prayers to all involved.

Posted by Helen
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 22, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Yes, raven, suicide by cop:
Web Link

Posted by Sunflower
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on May 23, 2017 at 9:28 am

Sunflower is a registered user.

It is extremely sad, if it really is a case of suicide by cop. May his family find peace and comfort in this community that cares.
Always thankful to the police force - can't imagine what it's like to have your life threatened in your line of work on a regular basis.

Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 23, 2017 at 9:52 am

The most unwanted and sad outcome for the family and the Police Officer. Police Officers I know and have known are not looking to shoot their weapons and kill someone. The aftermath is terrible for all. Those who judge most likely never walked in an officer's shoes. Only those at the scene, as it all went down, know what happened. I support Pleasanton Police and Officer Batt. I am saddened for the family who will need to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Likewise, Officer Batt and the PPD will also need to do this.

Posted by Tom
a resident of Castlewood
on May 23, 2017 at 9:56 am

It's a tragedy all the way around. Too bad for the deceased person's family and very unfortunate for the policeman who was put in this position. It's a reminder how much danger and uncertainty there is in being a policeman. Perhaps we should remember this when so many are so anxious to jump on the black lives matter bandwagon. Being a cop is a challenging job.

Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 23, 2017 at 10:02 am

Very sorry for all the families involved. I wish police had access to some type of reliable non-lethal alternative. I don't believe there is anything on the market that I would trust in a handgun situation like this. But this is probably a man who would have looked back at this outburst in a few hours, and wouldn't have recognized himself. Terrible waste.

Posted by Robin
a resident of Sycamore Heights
on May 23, 2017 at 10:13 am

We live in a challenging world today, we must have boundaries placed in life in order to attain respect and integrity for all society but also protection of life. I feel our Police Department deserves our highest regard and respect as they risk their lives to protect each citizen within a community. You must ask yourself what if I were faced with a situation of life and death and only seconds to respond ...time is critical you must react to protect yourself. I feel it is time for those who complain to ride with a police officer not just one day but a week and experience what it is like in our world may find yourself viewing things in favor of our dedicated police. It is a thankless I salute and thank each officer who serves with integrity and honesty, those who truly care about life, about you and I. Robin

Posted by Mike
a resident of Country Fair
on May 23, 2017 at 10:42 am

Was it a weapon or a toy? I am glad there is video.
A good man, our neighbor, a loving father, and husband, was killed. The officers followed their training and it lead to an unnecessary death, change the training. A cops life is not more valuable than a good civilian in crisis. To those of you thanking the police for killing this man, there is no villain but also no hero here, you give therm permission to kill anyone.
PP, You do not decide what I think or say.
Police use new training tactics to avoid deadly shootings
Web Link

Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 23, 2017 at 11:24 am

Mike is using IP switching to like his own post multiple times. [removed]

Posted by Ridge runner
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 23, 2017 at 11:39 am

The Pleasanton Weekly is still vilifying the police by writing "The lieutenant alleged Estill ignored police commands to drop the apparent firearm." Alleged? Really?

Police are trained to stop a threat by shooting to kill. That's the way it should be. Sounds like they gave the perp every reasonable opportunity. Cops lives matter. Sorry the officer has to live with this but it's a tough job.

Posted by supporter
a resident of Downtown
on May 23, 2017 at 11:42 am

@Mike -- "A cops life is not more valuable than a good civilian in crisis." Bull****! No "good civilian" would EVER point a weapon or a toy at a cop and deserve to be called a good person. I don't care if it was a plastic water gun, if it looks like a gun that "good civilian" just signed his own death warrant. The life of ANY cop is worth exponentially more than the life of any person who would point a weapon at a cop.

Good for officer Batt. May he get through this crisis quickly and be back out there defending our lives. Well, maybe Mike should just defend himself.

Posted by Mike
a resident of Country Fair
on May 23, 2017 at 11:56 am

Hitler also believed the State should not be questioned and people with mental illness should be executed. Many Pleasanton community members have given testimony to the fact that this was a good man. For some reason he was in a mental state that left him unable to act rationally. As the officer in this video states officers should be trained to deal with citizens in need.
Police use new training tactics to avoid deadly shootings: Web Link

Posted by Gina Channell, Pleasanton Weekly Publisher
a resident of Downtown
on May 23, 2017 at 3:28 pm

Gina Channell, Pleasanton Weekly Publisher is a registered user.

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