Berkeley officer shoots, wounds robbery suspect

Berkeley officer shoots, wounds robbery suspect

By Vanessa Arredondo, The San Francisco Chronicle

A chain-wielding robbery suspect was shot and wounded by a Berkeley police officer after other officers fired foam projectiles at him, police said Sunday.

Berkeley police said a man robbed a Walgreens store at 2190 Shattuck Ave. shortly before 8:30 p.m. and fled. Officers responding to the robbery call saw the suspect walking on Bancroft Way. They tried to detain him, but he walked into the courtyard of the UC Berkeley Tang Center and threatened them with a chain, according to a police news release.

A negotiation-trained officer tried to de-escalate the situation, but the man continued to “speak and act in an erratic manner,” the police statement said. He advanced toward the officers when they tried to take him into custody, and officers fired multiple less-lethal foam projectiles before an officer fired a gun and wounded the man, said Officer Byron White, a Berkeley police spokesman.

Officers performed life-saving measures, and the 51-year-old man was “alert and conscious” when he was taken to a local hospital, where he remained in stable condition, White said.

White declined to disclose more information about the incident Sunday, pending an investigation.

The officer who fired will be placed on administrative leave. Berkeley police homicide and internal affairs units will investigate the matter.

Police will release a critical incident video 30 to 45 days after investigators conduct interviews and analyze surveillance videos and officer’s body cameras, White said.

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