Ron Freitas
District Attorney
RON FREITAS District Attorney, San Joaquin County
Protecting Our Community Since 1850 222 E. Weber Avenue, Room 101, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
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News from the Office of District Attorney Ronald J. Freitas
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2024
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OICI Update: Investigation into the July 15, 2020 Fatal Shooting of Antwaune Burrise

After reviewing the facts and evidence of the July 15, 2020, officer-involved shooting of 39-year-old Antwaune Burrise of Stockton, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office has found this case to be non-prosecutable because the use of force was lawfully justified.

Body-worn camera footage shows that at around noon on July 15, 2020, Stockton Police Department officers found Burrise inside a vehicle outside an apartment and attempted to serve an arrest warrant. Burrise was wanted in connection with the June 1, 2020 murder of 39-year-old Renard Thomas and was considered to be armed and dangerous.

Burrise was non-compliant and remained inside the vehicle as officers tried to approach him.

Officers on-scene shouted commands and attempted safety and de-escalation measures as Burrise accelerated his vehicle toward an officer.

The officer then fired his weapon, followed immediately by two other officers who also fired their weapons.

Burrise was found to have a loaded semi-automatic .40 caliber handgun under his seat and a .223 caliber semi-automatic AR-15 rifle on the back seat.

Officers attempted life-saving measures. Burrise later died at a hospital.

Agencies including the Stockton Police Department, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office’s Bureau of Investigations, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Department of Justice were involved throughout the investigation as part of the San Joaquin County Officer-Involved Critical Incident Protocol.

The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office expresses condolences to everyone who was involved.


Out of respect for family members, officers involved, and the Stockton Police Department, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office will not comment further on this case.