Berkeley Police officers surrounded a home for several hours Wednesday night in stand-off with a man allegedly barricaded inside only to find out such a person did not exist.
At approximately 7 p.m. officers responded to calls of loud reports and possible gunshots being fired in the 2200 block of San Pablo Avenue and then later in the 1600 block of Addison Street, according to Officer Jennifer Coats, spokesperson for the Berkeley Police Department.
“It was determined that the two incidents may relate, and that a possible responsible for the incident was inside a home in the 1600 block of Addison,” Coats said. “BPD established a perimeter and attempted to make contact with the subject inside the house.”
Police cordoned off the area and attempted to make contact with the man inside the house, Coats said. Authorities from the Berkeley Fire Department were also present at the scene, according to an article from Berkeleyside.
Authorities eventually left the scene around midnight after it was determined by the BPD that there wasn’t a man barricaded inside the home and that no threat was posted to the community, according to Coats.
“A situation of this nature is very fluid and requires constant evaluation,” Coats said.
The investigation into the incident is still on going.