Berkeley and Oakland police closed down a block at College and Ashby in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood Wednesday night while pursuing an armed man who had previously rammed a police car. Photo: Lance Knobel

When dozens of police cars, sirens blaring, tore into the Elmwood neighborhood Wednesday evening, and the tell-tale whirr of a helicopter overhead could be heard, alarmed Berkeleyside readers began emailing, texting and messaging us to ask us what was going on.

Within 20 minutes we had a reporter on the scene of a dramatic police stand-off near the Ashby-College intersection, which shut down the neighborhood, and trapped patrons in local businesses, for several hours. Three Berkeleyside staffers then spent the next four hours covering the news live.

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