Berkeley police exchange gunfire with fleeing suspect

Berkeley police exchanged gunfire with a suspect near 8th and Delaware streets on Friday April 13, 2012.

Berkeley police shot and wounded a man Friday night who opened fire on them from an apartment near Eighth and Delaware streets.

Police were in the area  looking for a man who had fled from a car several blocks away, according to a press release issued by Berkeley police. When officers spotted him in an apartment in the 900 block of Delaware Street around 10:40 p.m. they ordered him to stop, but he attempted to escape and “opened fire on several officers,” according to police.

The officers shot back and hit the man in the arm and leg. He was transported to the hospital,where he was treated for non life-threatening wounds, according to the press release.

No officers were wounded in the incident. No one in the apartment complex or neighborhood was injured, according to police.


The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, as mandated by Berkeley Police Department policy. The homicide unit and Alameda County District Attorney Officer Involved Shooting team will be investigating.