Police: Elderly Berkeley Man Shoots Firefighter During Medical Call

By Christie Smith
|  Monday, Apr 15, 2013  |  Updated 9:42 AM PDT
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A Berkeley firefighter was grazed by a bullet after an 88-year-old man opened fire Monday morning during a medical call. Christie Smith reports.

A Berkeley firefighter was grazed by a bullet after an 88-year-old man opened fire Monday morning during a medical call. Christie Smith reports.

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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.

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