Berkeley police shooting: Video released of fatal conflict

Police say the driver who died after a BPD officer shot him had just rammed a police car and nearly hit two officers and a detained suspect.

Berkeley police shooting: Video released of fatal conflict
Berkeley police have released an overview and body-camera footage from a fatal officer-involved shooting on Nov. 6, 2023. BPD

On Friday, one month after a Berkeley police officer fatally shot a man while responding to an auto burglary call, the department released a video overview of what happened.

In an advisory note, police warned that the critical incident video, which includes edited body-camera footage, is "disturbing and contains graphic material. Viewer discretion is advised."

On Nov. 6, police were dispatched to a 911 call about three auto burglary suspects at Grayson and Seventh streets in West Berkeley.

"They got crowbars, taking tools out and everything," said the caller, who said he worked in the area.

When BPD arrived at about 5:30 a.m., an officer detained one suspect on the sidewalk in handcuffs while a second suspect tried to flee in a stolen SUV, according to the department.

"One of our officers followed the SUV and attempted an investigative stop, but the SUV continued to flee," Berkeley police said in Friday's statement. "The roadway was blocked by patrol vehicles; the SUV then reversed, ramming an officer's patrol vehicle."

Police also released a diagram showing how the suspect reversed into an occupied police car and then drove onto the sidewalk toward officers and a man in handcuffs, according to BPD.

According to police, the driver struck an occupied patrol vehicle as well as one that was unoccupied.

"The driver of the SUV then drove onto the sidewalk, nearly hitting two officers, the detained suspect, and an uninvolved pedestrian," police wrote. "The officer on the sidewalk discharged his firearm, striking the driver of the SUV."

Police rendered medical aid until the Berkeley Fire Department arrived but the driver, identified as 39-year-old David Bonino, did not survive. He was pronounced dead at Highland Hospital.

(The Scanner released Bonino's name last month and was the first to report it.)

Berkeley police shooting: Man drove toward cop, detainee, BPD says
Dispatch audio sheds light on what took place and seems consistent with a police narrative released Monday night.

Police also arrested the man and woman who were with Bonino: Samuel Becker, 37, of Novato and 30-year-old Zoee Craven of Oakland, according to booking records online and police.

They are no longer in custody as of this week, according to jail logs.

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"This ongoing investigation is led by the Berkeley Police Department Homicide Division and Internal Affairs Bureau," BPD said in Friday's announcement. "Per standard protocol, a concurrent investigation is being conducted by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office."

Berkeley's Police Accountability Board will also conduct an investigation into the shooting after the DA's investigation ends.

Police are also expected to release raw body-camera footage from the incident.

Update, 12:35 p.m. Download raw video from the incident via BPD. The link will expire Dec. 22.

This story was updated after publication to include more details from the critical incident video.

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