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Report of Gunshots in El Cerrito – Police Say Apparent Suicide

El Cerrito police swarmed to Richmond and Manila streets this afternoon following a report of gunshots that was classified as a "suicide incident." The two streets were temporarily blocked.

El Cerrito police temporarily off Richmond and Manila streets on Jan. 10, 2014 following a report of gunshots that was later classified as a "suicide incident." Photo credit: Nicole Jones
El Cerrito police temporarily off Richmond and Manila streets on Jan. 10, 2014 following a report of gunshots that was later classified as a "suicide incident." Photo credit: Nicole Jones
By Nicole Jones and Charles Burress

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.

Alexandra Pangelina Ramirez January 13, 2014 at 12:26 AM
Lisa I am truly sorry for your loss and a great one it is .. Your father is a wonderful man who will truly and dearly be missed . He loves his family dearly . He was a great best friend to me . Someone who I will forever adore . I will carry him in my heart forever . My thoughts and prayers to you and his whole family . I know your heart is breaking as well as his love ones . He is an angel home . Please during this time of great sorrow . Hold the great memories he left with you and your family. Rest in paradise my dearest friend .our love to you and your family .
Lisa Meniketti January 14, 2014 at 01:37 AM
Thank you all for your kind words. I'll post a remembrance of my dad in the patch separately.
Tangerine ponchione January 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM
Thank you to all the people that has given the family there condolences. it is very much appreciated. Yes Jeff I agree, we have and will continue to look at the wonderful life that Cary has given us. We miss him dearly. Thank you Alex, HES A WONDERFUL DAD and miss him dearly.

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