The 40-year-old Berkeley man alleged to have attacked a 70-year-old with a sickle on Sunday had a psychotic break recently, according to a former employer.
Nathan Hohmann was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and felony battery, police said. He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
The Berkeley City Council voted 5-4 Monday night to let the city's first responders, including police, join in this year's Urban Shield exercise.
Berkeley officials are set to vote Monday afternoon, during a special meeting, on whether to allow city police officers to take part in Urban Shield tactical exercises this year.
With questions raised over whether city officials can legally make decisions about police training, Mayor Jesse Arreguín pulled his support from a recent vote on Urban Shield.
City officials have voted, preliminarily, to keep BPD out of Urban Shield despite protests from the city manager's office and the police and fire chiefs.
Despite initial resistance, a neighborhood group held its first active-shooter drill in Berkeley. One participant said she now knows what to do if it happened for real.
The janitor who was arrested in connection with a shooting in July has been charged with four felonies by the Alameda County district attorney's office, according to court papers.
A five-hour standoff last week ended with a woman being taken to the hospital for medical evaluation after several disturbances at her West Berkeley home, police said.
Scores of paramedics and police met Thursday at a Muslim college in North Berkeley to practice how they might respond if gunmen one day target the campus.