Possibly Suicidal Man Coaxed Out Of Cal Bears Storage Facility In West Berkeley, Placed In Custody

BERKELEY (CBS SF) — A possibly suicidal person who was locked in a Cal Bears storage facility in West Berkeley Wednesday afternoon was convinced to come outside and is in police custody, a police spokeswoman said.

At 11:12 a.m., officers responded to reports of the possibly armed man at a University of California at Berkeley athletic storage facility at the corner of Sixth and Virginia streets, Berkeley police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said.

Coats said police were able to evacuate the staff, leaving the distraught man inside. Police hostage negotiators talked him out at about 3:10 p.m., she said.

The Police Department’s crisis intervention team was talking to him this afternoon, she said. Investigators were searching the inside of the facility and trying to determine if any criminal charges were warranted.

Streets in the area were shut down but with the situation resolved, police expected to reopen them shortly, Coats said.

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