Timeline of events according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office in the Aug. 4 stabbing in El Sobrante that left one man dead. 9 a.m., Deputy sheriffs were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery call at Oliver's Ace Hardware on San Pablo Dam Road. 9:02 a.m., Dispatch received further information that an employee had been stabbed, and that the possible suspect was seen running on Appian Way. Dispatch then relayed this information to deputies responding to the call. 9:03 a.m., Contra Costa Fire dispatches Engine 69 and AMR to stage for a robbery victim at Oliver's Ace Hardware (4071 San Pablo Damn Road). 9:03 a.m., Contra Costa Fire Engine 69 confirms receiving dispatch.
9:03 a.m., the first deputy sheriffs arrived at Appian Way and San Pablo Dam Road. Witnesses told the deputies that the suspect was under the bridge. The deputies immediately began to pursue the suspect, considered to be armed and dangerous and a threat to the community.
9:04 a.m., a supervising sergeant instructs a deputy to respond directly to the victim. This was done to ensure that the scene was safe for fire and AMR to enter so that Stone received medical attention as soon as possible. That Deputy traveled Code 3 (lights and siren) to the victim's location. 9:05 a.m., Engine 69 staged at Station 69, awaiting notification to respond into the scene. 9:07 a.m., a deputy arrives to assess the situation and assists in first aid. 9:07 a.m., AMR arrives at scene and begins staging for response.
9:09 a.m., the deputy clears fire to enter the scene. 9:10 a.m., Deputies located the suspect in a house on Campbell Lane. 9:11 a.m., Engine 69 advised to respond into the scene. 9:12 a.m., AMR arrives on scene from nearby staging area. 9:12 a.m., deputies detain the suspect and take him into custody. 9:13 a.m., Engine 69 on scene and requests medical helicopter. 9:15 a.m., REACH3 helicopter identifies 16 minutes ETA to hospital
for patient pick-up. 9:17 a.m., REACH3 helicopter declined to transport victim to Doctors due to weather conditions. 9:18 a.m., Engine 69 advises ground transport of patient to John Muir Medical Center. 9:21 a.m., AMR transports patient to John Muir Medical Center. Two firefighters accompany AMR and patient to hospital.
9:42 a.m., AMR arrives at John Muir Medical Center and transfers patient.
County Supervisor John Gioia, who moderated the community meeting Wednesday night in El Sobrante, stressed that emergency personnel must secure a scene before administering aid.
"They don't know who has got a gun in their hand," when they first arrive, Gioia said.
Some residents said it was inexcusable that paramedics were near the scene for five minutes before assisting Stone. The AMR ambulance arrived at 9:07 a.m. and staged at a liquor store across the street according to dispatch records.
A county fire engine staged at a fire station a few blocks away at 9:05 a.m. At 9:09 a.m. a deputy notified dispatch to send in the fire unit, and dispatch relayed that message at 9:11 a.m., notifying AMR one minute later.
While the crowd at the special meeting at the El Sobrante Library was initially skeptical, officials seemed to persuade many with the timeline.
"By the end of the night, we were getting a lot of thank yous and congratulatory applauses," said Jason Sampson, an operations manager for American Medical Response. "People were receptive to accurate, clear information."
Mechanics Bank in El Sobrante has a fund in Stone's honor to benefit his mother, Dorothy Pinto, whom he supported. Donations can be made in person or mailed to the branch in the name of Dorothy Pinto, attention Brandy Buras, 3884 San Pablo Dam Rd., El Sobrante, CA 94803. The account number is #4181-8423, or call 510-243-9620 for more details.
A community memorial and potluck event for Stone is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Richmond Elks Lodge, 3931 San Pablo Dam Road, in El Sobrante.