Officer-involved shooting occurs in Tang Center courtyard

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According to an alert sent out by Berkeley Police Department, officers received a report Saturday evening of a robbery taking place on Shattuck Avenue. The suspect was identified as a 51-year-old man.

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Berkeley Police Department officers responded to a robbery report Saturday that led to an officer-involved shooting.

At 8:22 p.m., officers received a report of a robbery on 2190 Shattuck Ave., according to a BPD Nixle alert. The suspect of the robbery was later found by officers on Bancroft Way, and officers attempted to detain the suspect.

According to the alert, the suspect walked into the Tang Center courtyard, where a negotiator-trained officer attempted to de-escalate the situation after the suspect threatened officers with a chain.

The suspect, however, continued to act in an “erratic manner,” according to the alert. The suspect then advanced toward officers when they attempted to take the suspect into custody.

During the incident, officers utilized less-lethal munitions, and an officer also discharged their firearm. According to the alert, the suspect, identified as a 51-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

BPD’s Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs Unit are currently investigating the incident. The alert added that the officer involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave, and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office will be notified of the investigation, according to BPD policy.

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Thao Nguyen is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @tnguyen_dc.