The man accused of shooting three Havelock police officers in February was in Craven County Superior Court on Monday for an arraignment and bail hearing.
Richard Jules Berry entered pleas of not guilty to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and to three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm in connection with the Feb. 14 incident in Havelock.
Berry’s bond was modified to $250,000 secured. As of Monday afternoon, he was still in custody, according to officials.
If Berry makes bond, he would be subject to several conditions, including a requirement to wear an electronic monitoring device. He would also not be allowed to possess firearms and would not be allowed to consume alcohol or any controlled substance unless lawfully prescribed.
Berry is due back in court on Nov. 5 and is being represented by New Bern lawyer Michael Mills. District Attorney Scott Thomas and Assistant District Attorney Karen Hobbs are prosecuting the case.
According to investigators, Berry’s longtime girlfriend called 911 on Valentine’s Day when she heard a gunshot from the bedroom after Berry fell out of bed. She asked Berry to put the gun down, but he refused.
When Havelock police officers arrived at 407 Webb Blvd., they believed they were on an attempted suicide call, according to Thomas.
As three police officers - Sgt. Jim Fahnestock, Lt. Brian Borton and Officer Loren Boone, entered the bedroom where Berry was located, they each were shot in the hand, investigators said.
Borton and Boone were treated and released from CarolinaEast Medical Center the same day of the incident. Fahnestock had to undergo surgery, but was released the next day. All three are back on the Havelock force.
None of the officers shot at Berry, investigators say.
Megan Beyer is a reporter for the Sun Journal.