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MAN SHOT WHILE POINTING FAKE GUN DIES: CASTRO VALLEY (AP) — Authorities say 49-year-old man who was shot by an Alameda County sheriff's sergeant after he allegedly pointed a fake gun at deputies has died.

Sgt. J.D. Nelson says Terrence Barry died Sunday at a local hospital two days after deputies were called to his Castro Valley home by family members.

Nelson said it appears that Barry intentionally provoked the sergeant to shoot him as Barry said he would shoot it out with deputies.

When an armored sheriff's vehicle arrived, authorities say a sergeant stationed at a porthole on the vehicle opened fire when Barry pointed what appeared to be a gun.

It was later determined the weapon was a fake wooden gun.

Nelson said Barry was on probation for weapons charges. The sergeant has been placed on standard paid leave.


UC Berkeley Police Capt. Steve Roderick said the arrow hit the girl in her thigh while she was sitting on a life-sized model of a fin whale outside the Lawrence Hall of Science late Tuesday morning.

Authorities say the girl was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries as the arrow was still lodged in her leg.

Roderick said the arrow does not appear to be a toy as police were checking the area.

He also said it's not immediately known whether the girl was stuck by accident or not as the incident doesn't appear to be related to any activities at the center.

SANTA CRUZ MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING US REP: SANTA CRUZ  (AP) — Authorities in Santa Cruz say a 72-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a Democratic congressman by bombing the government building where one of his district offices is located.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department Deputy April Skalland said Stephen Brown was arrested on Monday, several hours after he allegedly made the threats involving Rep. Sam Farr.

The sheriff's department says Brown visited Farr's office inside the Santa Cruz County government building on Monday and told an aide who rebuffed his invitation to lunch that he would wait for the congressman and blow up the county building.

Brown was arrested at a military recruiting station in nearby Capitola a few hours later.

The sheriff's department described Brown as a transient and says it has no reason to think he was actually planning to harm Farr.