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Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Police disarm suicidal prowler with knife after standoff

A 50-year-old Berkeley man who threatened to kill himself as he held a knife to his throat surrendered to officers early Tuesday morning after about six hours with a police negotiator, authorities said. The standoff began in the 2900 block of Dohr Street, near Russell Street, just before 4 a.m. Tuesday, said Berkeley Police spokesman Sgt. Andrew […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Man who threatened family and Berkeley police surrenders after a three-hour standoff

Berkeley police spent three hours Monday negotiating with a man who had locked himself in his family’s apartment in the 1500 block of Prince Street after threatening to kill officers and harm his mother and brother. The subject eventually surrendered and he was taken to a medical facility on an emergency psychiatric hold, according to […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Man arrested outside Berkeley Whole Foods after brandishing knife, resisting arrest

At least two Berkeley Police officers are seeking medical care after being injured during the arrest outside a West Berkeley grocery store of a man who had earlier been armed with a knife. The man had brandished the knife at two city employees Tuesday morning, authorities said. He dropped the knife and walked away after officers arrived, […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Teen surrenders after baseball bat attack, police standoff

A 17-year-old male with a baseball bat who authorities say attacked another male, causing potentially life-threatening injuries, then climbed on top of the Grove Park baseball field backstop, ultimately surrendered to officers who focused on talking him down Friday afternoon. At about 12:10 p.m., according to scanner traffic reviewed by Berkeleyside, police received a report of an assault […]

Posted inCity, Community, Crime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley police chief says Tasers would help his officers

Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan told the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night he believes his officers should be granted the option to carry Tasers, which are not currently allowed under city policy. It was the first time Meehan has taken a stand on the issue in a high-profile public forum, though he said he had made similar comments in the past in […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety

Update: Man comes down from sculpture after 5.5 hours

Note: An update about this incident appears toward the bottom of this article. A military veteran reportedly having a mental health crisis climbed on top of the metal bear sculpture at the downtown Berkeley BART plaza Saturday and refused to come down, community members reported. The man climbed on top of the bear sculpture, which was installed in the […]

Posted inCity, Community, Crime & Safety

Mental health calls #1 drain on Berkeley police resources

Responding to people with mental health issues is the number one drain on police resources in Berkeley, a police officer who specializes in the topic said this week. Nationally, 10% of police calls are for people having a mental health crisis, according to Berkeley Police Officer Jeff Shannon. In Berkeley, that number is 35% or more. Over the […]