Suspect charged in Berkeley shooting after police investigation

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Berkeley Police Department arrested a 29-year-old suspect after serving search and arrest warrants. The suspect was then charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office on Friday.

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On Thursday morning, Berkeley Police Department’s Special Response Team, or SRT, and Detective Division served search and arrest warrants at a residence on Alcatraz Avenue near Sacramento Street.

While investigating a Berkeley shooting, detectives obtained the warrants, and SRT members surrounded and isolated the residence, according to a BPD press release. During the search and arrest, the suspect of the investigation was contacted and later exited the residence with other occupants.

However, the press release noted that the suspect did not immediately follow BPD directions, resulting in a 45-minute negotiation between SRT’s trained negotiators and the suspects.

Negotiators were able to successfully de-escalate the situation and arrest the suspect for the warrant without any injuries or other issues, according to the press release. SRT members then conducted a safety sweep of the residence before BPD detectives conducted a search for evidence.

“The safety and security of the residents of Berkeley are always our first priority,” the press release states. “In this operation we were able to safely detain and arrest a wanted individual using trained personnel from our Detective Division, the Special Response Team, and patrol officers.”

Following the arrest, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged the suspect Friday. According to another BPD press release, the suspect was identified as a 29-year-old Berkeley resident who was charged with shooting at an occupied vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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