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Berkeley cops shoot robber

Monday November 18, 2002

A Berkeley police officer shot an armed suspect Friday in a botched robbery of a south Berkeley hair salon. 

Police said they had received advance notice about the planned robbery and dispatched more than ten officers to wait in advance at Cramer’s Style House at 1881 Alcatraz Ave. At 9:10 p.m. the expected suspect and one accomplice arrived at the shop and quarreled with police. 

A patrol supervisor said the officer shot one suspect in self defense after the suspect tried to struggle. The suspect was transferred to Highland Hospital, where he was scheduled to undergo surgery. Police would not release where the suspect was shot, the type of weapon he brandished or the extent of his injuries, but confirmed that he is still alive.  

The second suspect attempted to flee, but was caught a short distance from the scene and is in police custody. 

Police have not released the identities of the two suspects, but said neither was a Berkeley resident. 


-Compiled from staff and wire reports