Murder investigation underway at Berkeley Hills home

Police are investigating a fatal shooting at a Berkeley Hills home Saturday.

A police officer investigates the block of Glen Avenue where a man was shot to death over the weekend, Sept. 27, 2020. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Update, Sept. 29: Police announced the arrest of a 26-year-old Berkeley man in connection with the fatal shooting Saturday at a Berkeley Hills home.

Update, Sept. 27, 4 p.m. On Sunday, the 1100 block of Glen Avenue where a man had been fatally shot the prior day was quiet aside from some voices filtering through to the street from a few backyards. Temperatures climbed into the 90s and a heat advisory was in effect, perhaps contributing to the subdued atmosphere. One resident told Berkeleyside he had not heard any hubbub prior to Saturday’s shooting, or the gunfire itself. He said police stayed on the street for about six hours after they were called to investigate the homicide around 4 p.m.

The name of the man who was killed is not yet available to release, the Alameda County coroner’s office told Berkeleyside on Sunday.

The Berkeley Hills block where the homicide happened, between Oak and Eunice streets, is typically quiet. Some of the yards are decorated with Buddhist statuary and prayer flags, while others feature Mexican sage with its purple flowers, olive trees, lush ferns, a few towering pine trees and other dense vegetation. On Sunday afternoon, two police officers walked the block looking for security cameras, knocking on doors and speaking with neighbors.


A woman who lives in the home where the man had been killed told Berkeleyside she wanted to be sure his family had been notified before saying anything about him or what might have happened.

Update, Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m. Police have classified this incident as a homicide. No arrests have been made. Saturday’s killing is the fourth homicide in Berkeley in 2020. Berkeleyside will update this story when additional information becomes available.

Original story: Police are investigating the death of a man who was fatally shot in a Berkeley Hills home on Saturday, authorities report.

Investigators have not determined whether the incident is a suicide or a homicide, but detectives are on the scene.

Police initially got 911 calls about gunfire shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday, said Lt. Spencer Fomby of the Berkeley Police Department.


BPD asks anyone with information about this incident to call the Homicide Detail at 510-981-5741 and reference case 2020-44589. If the information is urgent, call the dispatch center at 510-981-5900.

Police are investigating a shooting on Glen Avenue in Berkeley Hills that left one man dead. Image: Google Maps
Emilie Raguso is Berkeleyside’s senior editor of news. Email: emilie@berkeleyside.com. Twitter: emraguso.