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* Oakland Arrest Man Who Fired Gun Sycamore Street

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Officers arrested a man on Thursday morning after he fired a gun near an Oakland house that police searched on a burglary warrant, according to the Berkeley Police Department. At about 8:40 a.m., officers in the department’s investigations division approached a home in the 700 block of Sycamore Street in West Oakland. While police prepared to search the house, they noticed a man standing outside the residence, Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said in a statement. As officers walked through a metal security gate surrounding the residence, the man ran to the side of the house and hopped a fence, according to Kusmiss. Police heard a gunshot and alerted the Oakland Police Department.

Officers from both the Oakland and Berkeley police departments set up a perimeter, blocking off Sycamore and 26th streets, between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and West Street. The man was caught and arrested near 26th Street, Kusmiss said. In addition, police detained a second man found in the vicinity. Kusmiss said that neither of the men was identified as the individual targeted in the search warrant. No injuries were reported. Police have not yet released the identities of the men, Kusimiss said. Officers used metal detectors in an attempt to find the handgun, but were not able to locate the weapon, Kusmiss said. Kusmiss added that it was not unusual for the Berkeley Police Department be assigned to a warrant outside of the city. “Members of the Berkeley Police Department conduct search warrants for a variety of crimes in other cities…” she said. “Thus it is not uncommon that our investigations division team was in Oakland this morning.”

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