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Man, 88, shoots at firefighters called to treat him, police say

April 15, 2013|By Los Angeles Times Staff

An 88-year-old man was arrested after he started shooting at Berkeley firefighters and grazed one of them.

Authorities say firefighters were treating the man at his Berkeley home for a medical problem about 1:45 a.m. Monday when he began resisting their efforts.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the man started firing with a handgun after firefighters called police.

A police spokeswoman says one firefighter was grazed by a bullet when it struck and destroyed a pager-like communication device he was wearing on his belt. He was treated at the scene and did not need to be hospitalized.

The man was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. His name was not released. The medical condition prompting the visit by the firefighters also was not disclosed. 

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