For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Andrew Frankel, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5881


Berkeley, California (Friday, June 20, 2008) - Detectives of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide Detail are currently investigating the shooting death of a south Berkeley man.

On Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 12:18 pm, Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) personnel responded to a 911 caller requesting an ambulance for an unresponsive man inside a home in the 2000 block of Emerson Street. The fire crew discovered a male, identified as Charles Faison, 39 of Berkeley, suffering from a gunshot wound. Faison was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives spent the afternoon interviewing family members and neighbors, as well as securing and executing a search warrant to comb the home for evidence or clues to assist with the investigation. Detectives are concerned about any potential compromise to their case, thus BPD will not be sharing any more details at this time.

Detectives are asking for the community’s help with this investigation. BPD is now a participant in Bay Area Crime Stoppers. (BACS) Calls to BACS are completely confidential. Callers with viable tips can receive up to $2,000 cash in reward money in any felony investigation. Anyone who knows anything about the Emerson Street homicide or any open homicide investigation is urged to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Callers with information may also call the BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 (office) or (510) 981-5900. (Non-emergency dispatch line) For crimes in progress call 911 or (510) 981-5911 from a cell phone.