VIDEO: Berkeley Bust Video Incident Released, Cop Shoots Suspect in Auto Burglary Escalation

VIDEO: Berkeley Bust Video Incident Released, Cop Shoots Suspect in Auto Burglary EscalationSource: Berkeley Police Department
Eileen Vargas
Published on December 08, 2023

In the early morning hours of November 6, tragedy struck a Berkeley neighborhood when a police officer-involved shooting left a man dead. At around 5:26 a.m., officers responded to reports of an auto burglary on Grayson Street and 7th Street. The incident quickly escalated when suspects attempted to flee, resulting in a confrontation and a fatal shot, according to a video released by the Berkeley Police Department.

The pursuit began after officers located three suspects breaking into a vehicle. While one was detained, the remaining suspects attempted an escape in an SUV and ultimately rammed a patrol vehicle after being blocked off. The subsequent chaotic scene included the driver barreling onto the sidewalk, almost hitting two officers, the detained suspect, and a bystander. This led an officer to fire at the SUV, striking the driver, as detailed in a report by Hoodline. The driver, identified as 39-year-old David Bonino, later died at Highland Hospital.

The aftermath of the shooting saw a female passenger and the male suspect, who was previously on the sidewalk, placed under arrest. Facing various charges, including burglary and vehicle theft, these individuals from Novato and Oakland, respectively, remain in custody. Further details were not immediately available, with both police agencies refraining from disclosing more information amid active inquiries.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing, with the Berkeley Police Department's Homicide Division and Internal Affairs Bureau taking a lead role. Under standard operation, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office also conducts a concurrent inquiry. The police involvement and the actions perceived in the heat of that moment are under intense scrutiny, with all findings promising transparency.