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Press Release: Berkeley Police Identify Suspect

From Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, BPD Public Information Officer
Monday April 23, 2012 - 09:32:00 PM

“The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is identifying the suspect who was arrested after shooting at BPD officers on the night of April 13, 2012 as Calvester Stewart, a twenty (20) year old Berkeley resident.” 

“On Friday, April 13, 2012, Stewart fled of foot from a traffic enforcement stop. Officers later located Stewart inside an apartment in the 900 block of Delaware Street in the City of Berkeley. Stewart emerged from the apartment and shot at several BPD officers who had surrounded the building. Several BPD officers returned fire.” 

“Stewart then continued to flee, and was confronted by an officer who shot and wounded Stewart.” 

“BPD Homicide detectives continue to work on their investigation, which will be presented for review and charging considerations to the District Attorney by early next week.” 

“Stewart is currently being held without bail on a Felony probation violation. BPD Homicide detectives will be seeking several counts of Attempted Murder of a Peace Officer against Stewart.” 

“Stewart’s Felony Probation violation stems from a case in Jan of 2011 for negligent discharge of a firearm, a violation of 246.3 PC - Any person who willfully discharges a firearm in a grossly negligent manner which could result in injury or death to a person is guilty of a public offense and shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170.”