BERKELEY, Calif. -- Two men, one of them a retired teacher, were arrested in the 1970 death of a Berkeley police officer that authorities have linked to the Black Panthers.
Berkeley police alleged that Styles Price, 56, of Oakland, was the person who shot rookie officer Ronald Tsukamoto when he stopped a motorcycle for a traffic violation. Price was arrested Wednesday and booked on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
The second suspect, Don Juan Graphenreed, 56, was arrested Wednesday at Corcoran State Prison in Calif., where he is serving time on a drug charge. He allegedly drove the car that Price used to get away. He had been detained in the case last year, but was released after the Alameda County district attorney decided there was not enough evidence to charge him.
Berkeley police spokesman Joe Okies said Wednesday that new leads and technology helped build the case against Graphenreed and Price. Investigators have ''more than enough to establish probable cause needed for the arrests," Okies said.
The district attorney could decide as early as today whether to file charges. Police are still looking for a third suspect, Okies said.
Police have said Tsukamoto's slaying was prompted by the suspects' desire to raise their stature within the Black Panthers.
Tsukamoto, 28, was the first Japanese-American police officer hired in Berkeley and the first city officer killed in the line of duty.