Albany shooting suspect in custody after long standoff

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A suspect spent several hours barricaded in an apartment in this building at 1117 Brighton Ave. in Albany on Wed. 19 in a standoff with police following an alleged shooting. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Update, 1 p.m. The Albany Police Department released a new statement at 1 p.m. According to the statement, police entered the Brighton Avenue apartment building at 8 a.m. and arrested Kent Stinson, 62. They recovered a .22 caliber rifle and ammunition, as well as a BB gun pistol believed to have been used to damage the victim’s car during the incident initially reported to police.

During the initial incident, the victims told police they heard the suspect say he had a “carbine.” According to the police statement, “The suspect remained in his residential apartment and was not responsive to police attempts to contact him. During attempts to contact the suspect, officers on scene observed him walking around inside his apartment with a rifle.” 

Officers from the El Cerrito, Kensington and Berkeley police departments helped cordon off the area near Brighton and Kains. Police said the apartment complex’s residential units were evacuated for safety while officers continued to try to establish communication with the man inside. Residents were evacuated to the Albany Community Center where they were provided shelter and refreshments.

Update, 10 a.m. The suspect who was apprehended Wednesday morning was shooting a BB gun from a window in the Brighton apartment building and threatening to kill neighbors, claiming he had a machine gun, according to Mr. Singh (who didn’t want to give his first name), a neighbor who spoke with Berkeleyside reporter Emilie Raguso at around 9:45 a.m. this morning.

Singh returned home with a work colleague Tuesday night and was transferring equipment into his car when he heard a “bing bing” noise and looked up at a window of his apartment building, he said. “I saw my neighbor duck down. He had been shooting with a BB gun,” he said. “He said, ‘I have a machine gun and I am going to kill you.'”

Singh said there had been no previous disputes with the neighbor, and added he thought the neighbor might be suffering from a mental illness.

Update, 9:40 a.m.: The suspect who was involved with a standoff with Albany police throughout much of the early hours of Wednesday, Dec. 19, has been taken into custody, reports Emilie Raguso from the scene. Police broke down the door of a home in the Brighton apartment building at 1117 Brighton Avenue in Albany to apprehend the suspect. According to neighbors, some residents of the apartment building were evacuated to a community center early this morning. Three or four families were able to return to their homes by 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Albany Police reported that at around 12:45 a.m. on Dec. 19 they responded to a house on the corner of Brighton and Kains avenues after a 911 caller reported a person was threatening to shoot two people on the street and then shot at them with an unidentified firearm.

The incident did not affect Albany High School which is eight blocks away from the scene of the standoff. Principal Ted Barone sent a message to the school community saying police did not believe nearby schools were in danger. Albany Middle School is about five blocks away.

During the standoff, police closed many surrounding streets: San Pablo Avenue east to Stannage, and Garfield north to El Cerrito Plaza.

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  • dynamo56

    Did not like seeing Albany Middle School on the map.

    I really hope the police do not allow the gunman onto that campus.

  • allclear

    We just called the middle school (our son is there) and they said the police contacted them and the situation is resolved.

  • JW

    Oh come on! “I really hope the police do not allow the gunman onto that
    campus.” Why would they do that? I think a better way to express what
    you mean is “I hope the cops catch the guy before anyone gets hurt.”

  • Tom Jacobs

    You are more likely to be fiscally- and morally-raped by someone you will never meet, than to be shot by a gun-toting attacker. Fabian socialist communitarians work feverisholy to infiltrate existing institutions, including the national and local news media, and to artfully use deception (the Delphi technique) once they get into places of power. All for the purpose of ensuring that the private central bankers (the top 1% of the top 1%) maintain their place of power in the world, behind every government on the planet. Because, afterall, it’s central bankers who paid for the rampant propaganda that turned so many smart people into communitarians.

  • Biker 94703

    I’m sorry Sir, but your post has set off the Impenetrably Ludicrous Buzzword Alert. Please report to the Cal campus to lecture at uncaring freshmen.

  • Greg

    The key is to fold the sheets to produce a double layer of foil. Not only will you have a stylish hat capable of repelling most thought-reading technology, but you also have armored yourself against the type of air-powered assault described in the article above.

    Of course this doesn’t protect you against the aerial chemical attacks they conceal in the contrails of commercial aircraft. For that you can crush charcoal briquettes and deposit the sediment between two regular surgical masks.

  • John

    You have to admit that it is quite funny the way that someone with a net worth of over $50 million dollars (Mr. Michael Moore) rails against the evil 1% who aren’t paying their fare share.

  • PragmaticProgressive

    Funny how? You seem to be implying that Moore himself isn’t paying his “fare share” [sic]. Do you have any evidence of that or are you tossing around baseless allegations?

  • Iceland_1622

    One can only hope and then pray that this issue of rebuilding our mental health system nation wide and integrating it into the fabric of everyday life will, at some point, be as vociferous as any arguments over the gun control at this stage in our social and economic discussion. At present America doesn’t have any mental heath system and most are fearful for even mentioning the word for a wide variety of gender based fears both real and imagined. The next generation is going to really have it’s hand full with all of this and much more I am sorry to say.

  • Tom Jacobs

    Let me guess. In your world the reality of 162 privately owned central banks that coordinate their efforts through the privately owned Bank for International Settlements — just doesn’t exist in your fantasy world. What world do you live in, then? Not this one. Perhaps you also need to be enlightened that all of these private central banking efforts are heavily organizing and funding the communitarian (Fabian socialist) movement, especially in areas like SF? Keep on drinking the communist propaganda fluoridated Kool-Aid.

  • Tom Jacobs

    The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, which is paid by intelligence agencies to coordinate the mainstream media propaganda (controlling stakes of which are owned by central banks), will be sending you your paycheck soon. Keep up the pro-communist effort comrade. You are almost there!

  • Tom Jacobs

    Moore is a pawn of central bankers. These people have infinite money. What did you think central bankers do, anyway? Ever figure out why they never taught you this in your classes at school? Time to grow a brain and wake up?
    Or perhaps when the ego is cornered with obvious facts that are easy to prove, the ego freaks out and tosses emotional appeals and baseless character attacks — you can always take that route, I suppose. You would not be alone here…

  • guest

    A wonderful example of our nations inability to treat mental illness. Thanks, Tom!