Crime

Shattuck Avenue police action ties up traffic in Berkeley

Oakland Police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson briefs the media at the scene of Friday’s police operation. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Update, 7:40 p.m. KGO-TV reported just before 7 p.m. that police had “stormed the building” where the suspect or suspects were believed to be barricaded, but no one was inside. According to several people on Twitter who identified themselves as local residents, police set off a flash-bang grenade at about 6:30 p.m. as they moved in on the apartment building. As of about 6:49 p.m., police were “dispersing somewhat” from the area, according to a user named BehemothBullTerrier. At around 6:55 p.m. “Behemoth” wrote: “It’s over. No one was in the apt unit. That’s a cop w/ the bomb robot.”

Original post, 5:22 p.m. A police action on the south Berkeley border at Shattuck Avenue has been tying up traffic for hours and may not be resolved for many more.

According to the Oakland Police Department, at least one suspect in a shooting earlier in the day is barricaded inside an apartment on Shattuck. Thus far, police have been unable to establish communication.

Officer Johnna Watson, Oakland Police spokeswoman, said the incident began Friday afternoon at 12:26 p.m. when dispatchers started getting calls about a shooting at MacArthur Boulevard and Broadway. 

One victim was taken to the hospital for a non-life threatening injury. Witnesses gave police both suspect and vehicle information, which led authorities to a home in the 6400 block of Shattuck Avenue, said Watson.

Looking south on Shattuck from Woolsey: Oakland police established a large perimeter to deal with the incident. Photo: Emilie Raguso

As of about 4:45 p.m., police had detained one suspect in the shooting, and were still trying to establish communication with a suspect or suspects inside a building. Watson said police had also questioned a woman in connection with the shooting, but had determined that she was not involved.

The police perimeter stretches from 66th down to 63rd, and from Dover over to Racine. Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists are being directed through narrow neighborhood streets. Police said safety is a key concern.

A member of the Oakland Police Department’s SWAT team gears up on Shattuck Avenue. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Watson said police had evacuated and surrounded buildings in the 6400 block of Shattuck. Police have not recovered a weapon, and are treating the suspect or suspects as armed and dangerous, Watson said.

The Oakland Police SWAT team is on site, but police continue to try to establish communication.

Alameda County sheriff's department canine units were on scene as of about 5:40 p.m. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Alameda County sheriff’s department canine units were on scene as of about 5:40 p.m. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Police were on scene from the early afternoon into Friday evening. Even residents were being turned away from the block; police cited safety considerations for the neighborhood. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Police were on scene from the early afternoon into Friday evening. Even residents were being turned away from the block; police cited safety considerations for the neighborhood. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan (left) stopped by at about 4:20 p.m. for an update. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan (left) stopped by at about 4:20 p.m. for an update. Photo: Emilie Raguso

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  • 4Eenie

    I hope this gets resolved soon without any further bloodshed. I live fairly nearby and have been hearing helicopters for hours now, which means (unless there’s another reason for helicopters hovering), it’s still a situation. Let’s hope for a safe resolution.

  • dsd510

    Once again, far more in-depth than the reporting on this by NBC Bay Area as well as the Tribune – thanks!

  • PragmaticProgressive

    I can’t think of a single news story that was made more meaningful because of a helicopter.

  • owen

    Thanks for posting this Berkeleyside.

  • bingo

    Unreal the crawl of this hardcore violence into Berkeley over the past few years. Indefensible under any circumstances, but I used to not worry about it at all in Berkeley at mid-day.

  • PragmaticProgressive

    I hope the witnesses cooperate fully so that the perps can be caught, tried, and imprisoned. We do not need a repeat of the Woolsey shooting, with charges dropped because the witnesses wouldn’t testify.

  • kj

    LOL – Chief Howard Jordan (left) stopped by about 4:20 for an ‘update’. Lots of drug traffic on the Shattuck corridor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1391541743 Greg Merritt

    Good morning, police helicopter….

  • bgal4

    please explain what is funny about this?

  • PragmaticProgressive

    Another wit making 420 jokes.

  • Surprised Civilian

    Why does it take so many hours to determine that there’s nobody inside in an apartment building?

  • bgal4

    They have dept protocols that must be followed? If you want more aggressive or proactive policing you would have to push back on the cop haters who have the power in determining how public safety policies are implemented in the east bay.

  • neighbor

    yeah! Now this would be a fine application for use of drones. so tired of hearing helicopters above berkeley.