Berkeley police fatally shoot person while investigating crime

A Berkeley police officer shot someone at Seventh and Grayson in Berkeley, Calif., on Nov. 6, 2023.

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LATEST Nov. 6, 11:30 a.m. The Berkeley Police Department held a press conference Monday confirming police fatally shot an individual while investigating a crime earlier in the morning.

The Berkeley Scanner posted a video of the conference led by Officer Jessica Perry, a spokesperson for the department, on social media.

Perry confirmed earlier media reports that the shooting occurred at Seventh and Grayson streets as officers were investigating an auto burglary in progress.

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She said she could not confirm the number of officers who fired shots but said numerous officers responded to the incident. 

Two individuals were arrested at the scene. All three individuals involved in the alleged robbery, including the deceased, were adults, she said. Perry did not name any of the individuals.

Nov. 6, 10:05 a.m. The Alameda County Coroner’s Office confirmed with SFGATE that a man shot by a Berkeley police officer early Monday morning has died.

Nov. 6, 8:25 a.m. Berkeley police shot and injured a person while investigating a crime on Monday morning, officials said. 

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The Berkeley Police Department said in a statement that it was responding to a “crime in progress” at Seventh and Grayson streets near Aquatic Park around 5:26 a.m. when an officer shot someone. One person was rushed to Highland Hospital in critical condition, police said.

The department is asking the public to avoid the area. Police did not provide any details on the crime they were investigating, but both KTVU-TV and Scanner Berkeley, a social media account that listens to Berkeley police and fire scanners, reported that a car burglary was in progress.

Scanner Berkeley shared dispatcher audio from the moment the shooting occurred. Someone can be heard saying, “He’s gonna run us over. He’s gonna run us over. Shots fired. Shots fired. Shots fired.” 

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Police did not respond to a question asking whether any arrests were made. KTVU-TV reported that a man was taken away from the scene in handcuffs.

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