Man walking with loaded rifle, extra ammo arrested in West Berkeley

Recovered rifle and ammunition. Photo: BPD
Authorities recovered this rifle and and extra ammunition during an arrest Wednesday. Photo: BPD

Berkeley police officers arrested a 35-year-old Oakland man Wednesday morning after an alert resident spotted him carrying a gun through the neighborhood, authorities said.

Leonard Jackson was walking at Eighth Street and Channing Way toward San Pablo Avenue when a concerned citizen saw him with the firearm and called 911 to report it, said Lt. Kevin Schofield, a Berkeley Police spokesman.

Officers responded immediately and spotted the man at Channing and San Pablo. Officers told Jackson to sit on the ground, and he complied.

“Officers could see a rifle barrel protruding from under a blanket in his lap,” Schofield said in a prepared statement. “The officers blocked traffic and created a safe zone to contact Jackson.”


Police ordered Jackson to put down the gun and “though he was mostly non-responsive, he complied.”

Police took Jackson into custody without further incident and confiscated the rifle, which had a large-capacity magazine. Schofield said Jackson also had a spare magazine with him when he was detained.

He was taken to Berkeley Jail on suspicion of several charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine and probation violation.

Jackson is not yet listed in the Alameda County Inmate Locator system, so no further information was available.

Said Schofield: “The Berkeley Police Department is extremely appreciative that an alert community member called us and that we were able to resolve the situation quickly and without injury to anyone involved.”


Update, 4:55 p.m. Jackson is being held with a bail of $110,000 at Berkeley Jail. He is scheduled for arraignment Friday at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.

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