Police say the woman fired a handgun in the air after a mother confronted her for trying to give marijuana to her 5-year-old son.
Interim Police Chief Jen Louis has said she was not aware of derogatory text messages that were leaked this month.
The messages drew condemnation as city officials pledged to investigate the “disturbing” comments.
Police say the 28-year-old suspect was caught on surveillance video stealing a different catalytic converter in Berkeley earlier in the day.
Louis joined the department in 1999, and has been its interim chief since March of 2021.
Police say two men opened fire on a group after starting a fight with them at a busy Southside intersection, killing 29-year-old Isamaeli Mata’afa.
Hansel Aguilar runs a similar law enforcement oversight agency in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Police said a woman driving a white sedan was involved in both cases.
The resident, who was not injured in the shooting, had confronted two people cutting the part from their neighbor’s vehicle.
As of Nov. 30, three people had been killed and 15 wounded in shootings in Berkeley this year. There have been at least 41 confirmed gunfire incidents.
There were no serious injuries during the shootout between two men, but a USPS truck driving by the area was struck by gunfire.
A proposed new ordinance is modeled on San Francisco’s ‘CAREN Act,’ which drew national attention in 2020.