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Berkeley Firefighter Grazed by Bullet at Emergency Call

A dispatching radio on the belt of a Berkeley (CA) firefighter saved him from serious injury when he was shot by an elderly man during an emergency response, reports the Silicon Valley Mercury News.

The shot was fired when crews were waiting for police to help them get inside the locked home, when nobody answered the door.

“In this situation you don’t know what’s going to be on the other side, so they called for the police,” said Berkeley fire spokesman Avery Webb. “Police were on their way when he was shot.”

Webb said the call came into the fire department through a medic alert company, rather than a call directly from a person inside the home.

It appears the shot was fired by an 88-year-old man who lived at the home, said Berkeley Police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats. The man, who was not identified, was taken into custody and was undergoing a medical exam.

The bullet struck the radio, which resembles a pager, on the firefighter’s belt. The firefighter suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, police said.

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