Berkeley police respond to altercation outside bar in Downtown

Berkeley police officers responded to a report of 15 people fighting in front of a bar in Downtown Berkeley early Sunday morning in what turned out to be an altercation between employees and allegedly intoxicated patrons.

At about 2:05 a.m., the Berkeley Police Department received a report of fighting in the area around the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Channing Way, according to the department police report summarizing the incident. BPD responded and identified four adults as involved in an altercation outside of Thalassa Bar and Billiards — located at 2367 Shattuck Ave., in between Channing Way and Durant Avenue — which closed its doors at 2 a.m.

According to the report, allegedly intoxicated patrons had been asked to leave the establishment, and when one of the patrons demonstrated an intent to urinate on the building’s facade, an employee asked him to stop. The verbal exchange turned physical when another patron allegedly attacked the employee, and then an additional employee came to the assistance of his coworker, the report said.

The two patrons sustained minor injuries and one was transported to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center by the Berkeley Fire Department.

No one involved in the incident was arrested.

Stephanie Baer is the city news editor.