For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Mary Kusmiss, S-6, BPD Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5780

HOMICIDE IN THE 2800 BLOCK OF MILVIA STREET
Community Help Needed

Berkeley, California (Monday, July 19, 2010) - Friday evening, July 16, 2010 community members began calling the City of Berkeley Police Department’s (BPD) 911 lines at approximately 5:10 p.m. reporting hearing gun shots. BPD Patrol Officers responded to the 2800 block of Milvia Street, just north of Russell Street and found a male slumped over the wheel in the driver’s side of a parked car in that block.

Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) paramedics removed the man from the car and began efforts to save his life. Despite their work, the gunshot wounds he sustained were not survivable, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives and patrol officers secured the crime scene and began neighborhood checks for any possible witnesses. Members of the BPD Homicide Detail were called in and their investigation is ongoing.

BPD will not be releasing the victim’s name out of respect for those family or friends that have yet to learn of his passing. In addition, BPD waits for confirmation of a homicide victim’s identity until it is confirmed by fingerprints taken during the Alameda County Coroner’s autopsy process.

BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this homicide to call the BPD Homicide detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24 hour BPD non emergency number of
(510) 981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). Any information may be critical to solving this crime. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in any crime.

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