Suspect in 2011 Berkeley shoot-out killed in Oakland

Berkeley police investigate Dec. 23, 2011 shootings on Sacramento Street. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

Berkeley police investigate Dec. 23, 2011, shootings on Sacramento Street. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

A 17-year-old Berkeley man who was allegedly involved in a five-way shoot-out on Sacramento Street in December 2011 was killed Saturday in another shoot-out in Oakland.

Tyler Frank Jamison, a former B-Tech student who lived on Hearst Avenue, was shot to death on the 4000 block of Quigley Street in the Laurel District of East Oakland, according to the Oakland Tribune. He was caught in a crossfire of bullets that erupted between two groups of people around 10:30 p.m., police told the Tribune. The firefight may have been gang-related.

Jamison had been charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm, and other crimes in connection with the Berkeley shoot-out. He had been held in Santa Rita Jail without bail, but charges against him were dropped on June 13, 2012, when witnesses refused to testify against him, Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick told the Tribune.

In the Berkeley case, three young men, allegedly including Jamison, pulled out guns and started shooting at two other youths on Sacramento near Woolsey on Dec. 23, 2011, at 12:41 p.m. The two youths pulled out their weapons and fired back. Bullets hit nearby cars and houses, as well as the two victims, who ran southbound on Sacramento to escape. The three assailants ran north on Sacramento, turning east on Woolsey and then south through an apartment complex. Berkeley police used dogs to do a house-by-house search of a two-block area to locate the assailants, but were unable to locate the suspects.

“The route the three suspects used to flee would have put them in the rear yard of Jamison’s residence,” Berkeley Detective Todd Sabins wrote in court documents.

The two who were attacked were shot, one in the buttocks, and were taken by someone to Highland Hospital. One was treated and released and the other was admitted.

Jamison was a student at Berkeley Technical High School during the 2010-11 year and his photo was featured in a May 2011 San Francisco Chronicle story about searching for his family roots.

Dec. 23 shooting involved five men with guns [03.07.12]
Two arrested for shootings on Sacramento St. [01.24.12]
Two shot on Sacramento Street [12.23.11]

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  • Anonymous

    What a nightmare. One less bad apple in Berkeley.

  • berkeleykev

    I didn’t see anything about a Frank Jamison in that Chron story… maybe he was involved in the project, but to say he was “featured” seems like a stretch, unless I missed something. (Which is always a possibility…) Was the Chron story edited after initial publication?

  • bgal4

    The problem of gang violence has been swept under the carpet for decades, this story in the Jacket demonstrates how little, including this “knowledgeable: teacher) understands how gangs operate and who is involved locally.

    The hand-wringing begins:

  • bgal4

    there was a large photo with caption in the original publication.

  • anonymous

    Look under Tyler Jamison, not Frank

  • PragmaticProgressive

    Frances, thanks for putting together the pieces of this very sad story.

  • berkeleykev

    Ah, ok, thanks. The current photo shows only Elliot Spillard and Anthony Johnson. Did the Chron crop the photo and edit the caption specifically to remove Jamison, I wonder?

  • Frances Dinkelspiel

    oops. Corrected.

  • berkeleykev

    Oh, now I see. I hadn’t noticed that it was a multi photo spread. My bad.

  • Frances Dinkelspiel

    Oops. Correction made. I added a word to point people toward the Chron’s photos, too.

  • iicisco

    I’m sure the phrase “live by the gun, die by the gun” somehow fit into his lifestyle.

  • Diana Rossi

    Dear Anonymous: This is a horribly insensitive comment. I am hoping that you did not realize this. This young man who died, was 17 years old. Yes, it looks like he was involved in violence previously. But he was a teenager.
    And he probably was not born into a life that gave him much of a chance. Or who knows, what compelled him to live the kind of life he lived. He is dead. Someone grieves for their child. In a way, our collective callousness, (and I DO indeed include myself in this cadre of folks who are slowly becoming numb), might be another outcome of this very violent world we find ourselves in. May this young man’s family find solace somewhere, in something.

  • Editor’s note: We deleted the comment to which Diana Rossi is responding as it was offensive.

  • guest

    No sob story childhood excuses attempted murder.

  • Guest

    The author of the BHS article is an excellent writer! He should be very proud of himself.

  • emraguso
  • Berkeleyborn123

    In Berkeley, the gangs are organized at the neighborhood level, typically recruiting and involving local kids in activities, and generally fall along ethnic lines. These activities can include having young kids (<10) posted as lookouts for police or holding narcotics or weapons. As the kids get older, they can get involved in direct sales to customers, and the enforcement and recruiting efforts that goes along with that work. Fortunately, much (but not all) of the violence perpetuated by gangs in Berkeley is targeted at individuals from other gangs, and by luck (or something) there has not been the open war which exposes the general population to violence (see example Chicago). The problem is that the solutions proposed often do not recognize that the gang is a well organized entity, profitting from activities such as protection rackets, prostitution, and dealing, and will do what it can to make these activities as profitable as possible. This means in order to reduce the crime committed in pursuit of these profits, the gang must be dismantled and replaced by something else, though this is not easy and there is not the political will to do it in many areas. The lack of will is reflected on the inability for cities to pass basic injunctions or curfews on known members, thereby allowing them to be on the street with others and at times where violence typically occurs while everyone else in the neighborhood is held hostage to that violence.

  • Onelove

    Despite what the media has said and what all was implied Tyler was a great kid with alot of potential but they seem to have left that part out. Nobody seems to care that a life has been lost. Would you sympathize if he had never been caught up with the law? Or is his murder somehow justified because you think he was a bad person? Despite how you may feel nobody deserves to die and nobody should being playing god. If we were to focus on catching and keeping the suspects( who have not been caught) from being able to do this again then maybe just maybe their would be less gun violence or deaths. And what about Tyler’s family who will never get to see or hear from him again no final goodbye no last I love you. Parents can only hope to protect their children but as it has been proven time and time again every time we turn on the news or turn the page of a newspaper that realistically that just isnt possible. So my question is, if the youth is our future whose job is it to protect them? As a community as a people we must come together because the answe is it is all of our jobs and if its one thing that we all have in common its understanding the hurt and pain that comes with losing a loved one. Pointing the finger, turning the cheek, judging doesn’t make you a better person. What have you done to help stop violence in your community or surrounding communities? Talking is easier then taking action. My advice, get from behind the computer screen and start taking action to help prevent this from happening to someone else’s brother, nephew or even son. Tyler will forever be missed, loved and never forgotten. We as his family ask that you respect our wishes and let him rest in peace. You would have only been so lucky to have met him. Thank you and god bless.

  • bgal4


    do you dispute the information reported by two police agencies to the press;

    OPD reported that Jamison was involved in the gun fight that killed him, BPD reported Jamison was involved in shooting at other youths on Woolsey two day before XMAS 2011.

    I hear your pain.

  • Onelove

    Though you are entitled to your own opinion I do not believe my anger is displaced. as for me being in pain most definitely. Do you realize how many families of oakland, berkeley and surronding cities are in pain due to losing loved ones to gun violence. With all do respect have you ever lost a loved one to violence ? specifically gun violence.( I hope not) The feeling of loving someone wanting to protect them wishing their was something you could have done is one I have not come to terms with. Since my anger is displaced I ask you who should be at fault? The people that are distributing these guns to young kids? the parents because people assume they’ve obviously dropped the ball somewhere and if their child is leading anything other than a “perfect” life than they must be at fault…right? the police department because people die, kids die while their killers run free, or would you prefer we blame the deceased who was trying to protect himself the only way he knew how. Was he perfect? No. Are you? No. the difference? you are alive to learn from your mistakes. Tyler is not. Their has been no justice and since his death are you aware of how many other children have died? My heart goes out to all of their families and I would like to thank all of the people who have been supportive through this difficult time. Bgal4 this is not a dispute believe what what you want. We dont need your sympathy but please be more proactive in taking action to stop things like this from happening to some other kids since you care so much.thank you.

  • bgal4

    I never offered sympathy.

    Yes I know several homicide victims, kids we grew up with, and a father of a middle school playmate. I was present in the Oakland court room when a 19 year old murderer was told to look back at the child left fatherless sitting next to my 12 year old son.

    I am not an easy target of your misplaced anger for your family’s tragedy.
    We all have tragedies to cope with, the question is one of personal responsibly. Was Tyler a part of problem or a part of solution?
    You did not answer the question, you avoided the truth and tried to attack my character instead. My family has a long history of being a part of the solution.

    No one has the right to take out their hostility on others, including angry young men who have access to guns, knifes, hammer and fists. Those actions are criminal. Every one must learn to deal with emotions including anger.

    To answer you question ” am I perfect” , irrelevant, what I can say positively, I do not commit violent acts PERIOD, neither do my sons.

  • Onelove

    Your original question was ” do you dispute the information reported by two police agencies to the press? ” my answer is yes. I believe the media picks and chooses what they want to share. Is it the truth yes but only partially.I did not ask you if you knew anyone who died from gun violence I simply asked if you had ever lost a loved one due to gun violence and that you never answered. I was not wanting your sympathy or trying to insult your character. I was just stating a fact that you did not know Tyler to have such an opinion and that if you cared so much about our youth then what help stop violence in your community or surrounding communities. You mentioned having sons can you imagine how it might feel to suddenly loose one of them to an unjust crime? Without any reason as to why? And wishing their was something you could do? Or could have done. Sure my family is pissed but it isn’t at you if that’s what you were implying it is merely at the people who have done this that have not been caught and are still free to harm someone else’s children. And just because you don’t commit violent acts doesn’t ment they aren’t happening around you. I believe to be apart of the solution it helps to understand the problem wether losing a loved one to violence or being involved in it yourself. If you have no sympathy how can you possibly be apart of the solution. And since you didn’t know Tyler ill let you know that he was apart of the solution. Through me and everyone else effected by his death.

  • bgal4

    Was Tyler armed? Was his weapon fired? Why was he with his pals engaged in an east Oakland shootout described by OPD as gang activity?

    High risk behaviors lead to tragedies.

    I have been the victim of violence within blocks of my home, so have my sons. Ugly violence committed by privileged thugs who are protected by a PC culture of hypocrites, black- on- white violence committed by bigoted thrill seeking youth in a community that prefers to silence victims as opposed to hold them accountable for their criminal behaviors.

    I have seen dozens of shootings and a few dead bodies, I have watched the thugs jump my fence running from those trying to kill them or the cops. I have seen people arrested on my front steps for murders in Richmond, only to see them shot dead mid day on Alcatraz a few months later.

    I have seen it all, and I am not one for enabling dysfunction or excusing irresponsibility. Life is tough, and the gang culture these youth choose to be a part of is making it tougher for all of us.

  • Onelove

    Originally my purpose for commenting was just to let the world know that Tyler was a great kid with a ton of potential and that i can vouch for, along with dozens of people that were present at his funeral. believe what you want doesn’t excuse the fact that a life has been lost and the suspects run free. we his family just ask that you be respectful that is all thank you and god bless.

  • bgal4

    I understand. Too many young men are losing their lives and leaving a horrendous hole in their families/friends hearts, and for what. I want the violence to stop, and I am truly sorry for the family’s pain and nightmare.

  • Kay

    That was my brother just imagine if your brother was killed. By reading this article should not allow your mental to judge my little brother you will never understand

  • Kay

    None of you people know the story. His family is still mourning and insensitive people should not be allowed to write comments.

  • Guest

    If you think you know something that isn’t in the story, you can tell it here. It appears from the available information that he was part of a gang scene, was armed, and was shooting at others. If that is true, it does a lot to explain why he died. If it isn’t true, tell us so and why. But please don’t try to make excuses for criminal behavior – we don’t have to accept them.