Three receive the police Medal of Honor

Lt. Brian Borton, Sgt. Jim Fahnestock and Officer Loren Boone receive medals from Mayor Will Lewis.

Lt. Brian Borton, Sgt. Jim Fahnestock and Officer Loren Boone receive medals from Mayor Will Lewis.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

Three police officers wounded while trying to disarm a suspect with a gun received the Havelock Police Department Medal of Honor for their actions.

Lt. Brian Borton, Sgt. Jim Fahnestock and Patrol Officer Loren Boone received the awards during the Havelock Board of Commissioners meeting in recognition of their actions on Feb. 14, 2013.

The three officers responded to a call of shots fired at a home at 407 Webb Blvd., where they encountered a distraught man, Richard Berry, in his bedroom.

Berry, armed with two semi-automatic pistols, told the officers standing in the hallway just outside the bedroom that he had “one for the officers and one for himself,” apparently indicating a plan to shoot the officers and then himself.

The officers attempted to talk Berry into surrendering to authorities, but he refused and fired a shot, indicating to the officers that he had shot himself and planned to bleed to death.

The officers entered the room, but Berry had not shot himself and instead turned in the direction of the officers with a pair of guns. During the confrontation as the officers attempted to disarm Berry, each was shot in the hand.

Borton and Boone had minor injuries, but Fahnestock sustained serious injuries to his thumb and hand and required surgery.



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