Press Release: Man Dies in Home Barricade Incident on Marin in Berkeley

From Lt. Andrew Greenwood, Berkeley Police Department
Monday March 07, 2011 - 09:03:00 PM

Here is the information we are able to share at this time regarding the barricaded subject incident which occurred for several hours last night and this morning on the 1800 block of Marin: 

At about 7:36 PM March 7, the Berkeley Police Department received a single report of a “loud report” in the 1800 block of Marin. 

A few minutes later, the first officer on scene reported hearing two shots fired nearby. Shortly afterwards, a resident called in, reporting that a shot had struck their home on the 1800 block of Marin. 

Responding officers determined a person inside a residence had apparently fired the shots. Officers contained the scene, evacuating some nearby residents for their safety. 

The Berkeley Police Department Barricaded Subject/Hostage Negotiation Team was activated, and responded to the scene. 

Over the course of the next several hours, team members attempted to negotiate with a person inside a residence on the 1800 block of Marin. 

Ultimately, officers on containment outside the residence heard a single gunshot. Officers subsequently entered the premises and located a person inside, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

We are not releasing the identity of the deceased at this time. 

No other community members or officers were injured in the course of the incident. 

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of this incident; we have no further information to offer at this time. 

It should be noted that officers did not confront or exchange gunfire with the person inside; this was mistakenly reported in at least one media outlet.