El Cerrito police swarmed to the 1300 block of busy Richmond Street this afternoon, Friday, after a 911 call reported gunshots in the vicinity, police said.
Police Lt. Paul Keith said a death occurred and that the case is being investigated as an apparent suicide.
The 911 call came in shortly before 3:30 p.m., Keith said. Richmond and Manila streets were closed to traffic, and police issued an alert urging residents in the area to remain indoors and asking others to avoid the area.
A follow-up police advisory at 4:12 p.m. said the police action was concluded and the street opened.
The incident drew at least seven police cars and media helicopters.
Here is the later police advisory:
Police activity in the 1300 block of Richmond St. is concluded. Normal traffic can resume.
The El Cerrito Police responded to a suicide incident in the 1300 block of Richmond St. today. The police response closed off two streets temporarily and generated a response by a police helicopter and media helicopters. The incident is being investigated by the Investigations unit. There is no danger to the public.