UPDATE: Berkeley Stand-Off Ends Peacefully

Michael Calhoun

BERKELEY (KMOX) – A stand-off between 51-year-old Kelvin Purnell and police has ended without incident.

“He came out voluntarily. It ended very peacefully, to my surprise,” friend and attorney James Robinson said afterwards. “I thought it would not end this way because I’d talked to him for a very long time and he had made peace with God and told me all about his funeral arrangements.”

Purnell was in a dispute with other family members about the care of his elderly father.

When police and social workers were sent to the home, in the 6700 block of Carol Lee Drive at about noon Thursday, Robinson said Purnell became agitated. Shots were fired. Robinson said Purnell’s father was not in the house during the stand-off.

Children in Berkeley Middle School were kept in locked classrooms through the afternoon. Other schools in the area took similar precautions.


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