A Berkeley firefighter was grazed by a bullet after an 88-year-old man opened fire Monday morning during a medical call, police said.
And the firefighter was saved, according to Interim Fire Chief Avery Webb, by a Swiss phone on his waistband, which is sort of like a pager. Wearing that object, Webb said, likely prevented more serious injury.
Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said "thankfully," the firefighter suffered only a minor injury, and the elderly man was subsequently arrested.
Coats said the man called for medical help about 2 a.m. at his home on Dwight Way near San Pablo Avenue.
When five firefighters arrived to help, police said the man started firing for an unknown reason.