A Craven County man faces up to 21 years in prison for allegedly shooting three police officers. Now cops are releasing the 911 tape showing what led up to Thursday's situation.
60-year-old Richard Berry faces three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, for opening fire on law enforcement at his house. Hunched over, he ambled into court for his first appearance Friday, telling the judge he did not understand the charges against him.
"It was a very dangerous and volatile situation" yesterday, said Craven County district attorney Scott Thomas.
The situation started on Valentine's Day with a 911 call from Berry's girlfriend, Bobby, who lived with him at 407 Webb Boulevard.
Her voice quivering, Bobby says she heard a shot fired from her husband's room, after he fell out of bed.
"He told me that he wouldn't put the gun down. I said, ‘Please put the gun down and I'll come in the room and help you get up back in the bed,'" said Bobby in the 911 call.
But police say Berry didn't put the gun down. After a confrontation, Lieutenant Brian Borton, Sergeant James Fahnestock, and patrol officer Loren Boone were sent to the hospital with shots to their hand.
All three have been released from the hospital. Sgt. Fahnestock received the most serious injuries and had to undergo surgery on Thursday.
"I believe the officers entered the house and the room thinking they were trying to help someone who they thought had attempted suicide, and it turned out to be a different situation," said Scott.
Bobby tells 9 On Your Side she's been in a relationship with Berry for 15 years, and that he's been "very sick" since October 2012. She says this is not normal behavior for him, and she still loves him.
Scott said Berry has been voicing suicidal and homicidal thoughts in jail. Because of that and his medical conditions, he'll be moved to a facility in Raleigh for safekeeping.
Berry was convicted of a marijuana misdemeanor in 1981, but he doesn't have a violent history, said Scott. Berry is now in jail on a $1 million secured bond. His next court date is set for March 1.
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A Craven County man, accused of shooting three police officers, is facing up to 21 years in prison.
60-year-old Richard Jules Berry appeared before a judge in New Bern this morning on three felony assault charges.
Prosecutors say Berry shot three officers in the hand Thursday when they tried to enter his bedroom in Havelock. One of those officers, Sergeant James Fahnestock, is still in the hospital, expected to come home soon.
Berry will be held at the Department of Corrections in Raleigh for safekeeping after voicing suicidal and homicidal thoughts in jail, according to the district attorney.
We'll have more on this developing story coming up on 9 On Your Side this evening.
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Three Havelock Police Officers were involved in a shooting Thursday afternoon.
Officials tell 9 On Your Side it happened around 12:20 this afternoon when police were responding to a call on Webb Blvd.
Once on scene, officials say police heard a gunshot and attempted to go inside the home. The suspect, 60-year-old Richard Berry, locked himself in a bedroom. Police heard another gunshot, attempted to go into the room and capture the suspect. All three officers, James Fahnestock, Loren Boone and Lt. Brian Borton, were injured from the gunfire.
Lt. Borton and Boone were treated and released from the hospital. Borton is a 15 year veteran of the force.
James Fahnestock had to have surgery. Richard Berry was also treated at the hospital.
Berry will face felony charges. He'll make his first court appearance Friday morning.
The SBI is now investigating.
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