Elderly man in custody after allegedly shooting at firefighter

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An elderly man is in custody after allegedly firing a gun Monday morning and grazing a firefighter.

At approximately 2 a.m., Berkeley Fire Department and Berkeley Police Department responded to a medical call at a home in the 1200 block of Dwight Way. Soon afterward, shots were fired from inside the residence, according to Officer Jennifer Coats, spokesperson for BPD.

“The officers were responding when BPD reported shots fired inside,” Coats stated in the email. “One of the firefighters was hit, and received a non-life threatening injury, that did not required hospitalization.”

BPD officers were able to make contact with the shooter, an 88-year-old man, who was then taken into custody and sent to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. His name is currently being withheld.

“BPD works very closely with BFD and we are very grateful that the firefighter was not hurt more seriously,” Coats said in the email.

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