Durant Ave Shooter Arrested
UCPD Work Praised



Nathanial Curtis Freeman

Berkeley, California (Thursday, May 15, 2008) – City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide detectives say that cooperation from a diversity of witnesses and the great work of members of the University of California Police Department (UCPD) proved invaluable in the pursuit of a murder suspect. Nathaniel Curtis Freeman, 19, of Berkeley has been arrested and booked for one count of murder (187PC) in the shooting death of Maceo Anthony Smith and one count of assault with a deadly weapon (245(a)(2)PC) for the wounding of another man.

On Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at approximately 3:49pm, Smith and an acquaintance were arguing with Freeman regarding a previous encounter. During the verbal exchange, witnesses say that Freeman pulled out a gun and started firing at the two. Smith suffered several gunshots wounds, and made his way to the Douglas parking lot at 2542 Durant Avenue before collapsing. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim drove himself to Highland Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening gunshot wounds and released.

After nearly 24 hours of pursuit on the case that included a search warrant of Freeman’s home, interviews, line-ups with witnesses and multiple surveillances of locations in Berkeley and Oakland, Freeman knew that BPD detectives were looking for him. On May 14, 2008, at 4:00pm, Freeman turned himself in to BPD Homicide detectives at the Ron Tsukamoto Public Safety Building. Freeman was in the company of an attorney and declined to be interviewed regarding the crime.