Swissphone
The Swissphone pager that was attached to the firefighter’s belt when it was struck by a bullet on April 15

The Berkeley firefighter who narrowly missed being injured or worse on Monday when a bullet hit the paging device he was wearing on his belt is resting at home with his family, according to authorities.

The firefighter was shot at by an 88-year-old man early on Monday April 15 after the Berkeley Fire Department responded to a medical call that came in at 1:41 a.m. for the 1200 block of Dwight Way. Unable to enter the man’s home because it was locked, firefighters called the Berkeley Police Department for assistance.

While firefighters were trying to make contact with him, the 88-year-old man shot a handgun and the bullet struck a firefighter’s Swissphone.

The other four members of the fire department who were present during the incident are also at home, according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats. Their names are not being released and the firefighters do not wish to participate in interviews.

The suspect was apprehended by the police after a short standoff and taken to a hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation. The case is currently under investigation.

Related:
Berkeley firefighter shot at while responding to medical call [04.15.13]

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