A man who was shot by University of California at Berkeley police after he allegedly brandished a gun at the Haas School of Business on Tuesday has died, university officials said today. The 32-year-old man, who was an undergraduate student at the business school, died Tuesday night at Highland Hospital, university spokesman Dan Mogulof said today. “We’re very saddened by this new information,” said Claire Holmes, another university spokesperson. UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and business school dean Rich Lyons told business school students about the student’s death at a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. today, she said.
Grief counselors are at the school to talk with students, Holmes said. The university will release the student’s name later today, Holmes said. She said he was from California she didn’t yet know which city he was from. UC Berkeley police Chief Mitch Celaya said the shooting happened around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday in a third-floor computer lab after officers responded to a report of a man with a weapon. Birgeneau said a female staff member was taking the elevator up to the fifth floor when a man who was in the elevator with her reached into his backpack and she saw what appeared to be a gun. She was “extremely concerned” and notified her supervisor, who called police, said Birgeneau.
Celaya said police received the call at 2:17 p.m., and by 2:19 p.m. several officers had arrived at the computer lab. He said that when the officers made contact with the man, he”pulled a firearm out in a threatening manner.” They ordered him several times to drop the weapon, and one officer, fearing for his life, opened fire, Celaya said. No officers or students were injured. Birgeneau said there were as least four students in the lab when police arrived.
Celaya said officers yelled at the man to drop his gun numerous times but he failed to comply with their orders. Celaya said there is no indication the shooting was related to the Occupy Cal protests happening elsewhere on campus. He said the shooting was the first on the campus since a shooting at the Bear’s Lair pub in the 1980s.
Copyright © 2011 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.
Comment Advisement We welcome your thoughts, but for the sake of all readers, please refrain from the use of obscenities, personal attacks or racial slurs. All comments are subject to our terms of service and may be removed. Repeat offenders may lose commenting privileges.