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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Berkeley firefighter shot during medical call

Berkeley firefighter grazed by bullet after elderly man opened fire during medical call

An 88-year-old man was being treated for an unknown medical problem at his home on the 1200 block of Dwight Way about 1:45 a.m. 

As firefighters tended to him, he began resisting their efforts, and firefighters called police to the home, authorities said.

As police officers were on their way, the man began firing from a handgun, police said.

As the firefighters ran from the home, A firefighter was grazed by a bullet but escaped major injury because it hit - and destroyed - a pager-like communication device he wore on his belt.

The injured firefighter was treated at the scene and did not require hospitalization, said Officer Jennifer Coats, a police spokeswoman

Police officers took the man into custody after a brief standoff. His name was not released.

He was taken by paramedics to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Police would not say if he could face arrest or charges in the case. Several guns from the home were removed for safety reasons, police said.

CFN - California Fire News 2013
 

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