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.

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  • The Sharkey

    What an ignorant comment.
    These criminals aren’t buying their guns legally, and putting more restrictions on law-abiding citizens won’t solve these problems.

    I don’t like the NRA, but trying to blame these kinds of shootings on them is ridiculous.

  • The Sharkey

    Backing off and reading for a phone didn’t help Mr. Cuckor very much.

  • Berkeleyite

    Once upon a time those guns were legally sold to somebody somewhere.

  • The Sharkey

    Good point – passing new gun laws now would have absolutely zero effect on those kinds of illicit sales, and would only hinder those who want to make their purchases in accordance with current law.

  • Chris

    Hard to know if armed citizens lack the training to know when not to shoot or not, but a fair and comprehensive CCW Permit course could address that. I sure appreciate my eight hour CA Hunters Safety Course.

    I do know that armed citizens, in genersl, are more accurate in making their gun shots count to stop the evil actions than are police officers, who miss on about 70 to 80% of their shots. Please look it up.

    So, take a deep breath, smile, and wonder who is deluded, after all.

    Be happy& be prepared to be helpful. :)

  • The Sharkey

    Interesting to note that the 40 Acres marijuana “collective” is only about 3 blocks away, and based on its website it appears to still be open despite an order from the City to close.