Berkeley police activity prompts shelter-in-place on Bancroft Way

BERKELEY (KRON) — Berkeley police activity had prompted a shelter-in-place on Bancroft Way Wednesday night, police said.

But at around 7:15 p.m., police said the situation has been resolved.

The police activity was happening at 1717 Bancroft Way.

At around 6:34 p.m., police got a call about a suspicious circumstance in the Porta Johns on Roosevelt Street. That’s just north of Bancroft Way.

When officers arrived, they encountered a man “in crisis.” The man was armed with a knife, which he put to his neck, and threatened to kill himself.

Residents were being asked to avoid the area of Bancroft and Roosevelt for the next several hours.

Police were negotiating with the suspect for about 45 minutes, police said.

Police contained the victim on the 2200 block of Roosevelt Street. The man continued to threaten to commit suicide.

“Officers hit the subject with multiple rounds from several less lethal launchers causing him to drop the knife and be safely taken into custody,” police said in a press release.

The man is now in the hospital getting a medical evaluation.

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