SWAT arrests 4 for Brentwood Christmas Eve shooting

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SWAT arrested four people in connection to a Christmas Eve shooting that left multiple homes with bullet holes. 

According to police, on December 24, 2022, two gunmen fired bullets at one house in Havenwood Court. Police said, “Several (non-targeted) vehicles and residences were hit with stray bullets as a result of the shooting. Thankfully no one was injured.” 

Detectives identified two Pittsburg men as suspects: Morgan Scales, 31, and Herbert Williams, 37. SWAT teams arrested Scales and Williams on January 30 and served search warrants on their homes. 

Brentwood police teamed up with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, the Contra Costa County Probation Department, and Pittsburg police to make the arrests.

Four firearms were seized, including a semi-automatic rifle and three semi-automatic pistols. Two of the gun were illegal, unregistered “ghost guns.”

The Brentwood Police Department wrote, “Both Scales and Williams are prohibited from possessing any firearms due to their criminal history. A total of four subjects, including both shooting suspects, were arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.”

Two of the arrested suspects’ names were not released by police.


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