Police not ready to classify incident as a homicide

Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 05:02 PM.

“We’re still seeking information from witnesses, so hopefully we will be able to determine all those facts once we interview all those parties involved,” he said. “All that’s going to come out later. We’re still in the process of locating witnesses and looking for the alleged shooter. Once we have all those processes complete, we will be presenting all that to the district attorney to make a determination as to how to proceed from here. We haven’t finished with it, so we have not yet determined that we have a homicide.”

Cyrus said the exact weapon used in the shooting also isn’t known.

“We believe at this point it was a handgun but I do not know the caliber,” he said.

Asked if Berry was armed at the time of the shooting, Cyrus refused to say.

“That’s a question you’ll have answered later. I’m not going to put out information or speculate on anything right now,” Cyrus said. “I don’t want anyone jumping to any conclusions. I don’t want misinformation being put out there.

“We haven’t determined all of the facts and circumstances yet, so it’s too early to determine how to categorize it. We’re exploring all possibilities. The result of the incident was that Mr. Berry was shot one time and passed as a result of the gun shot. We haven’t released anything regarding the circumstances nor will we until we can get everything together and present that to the district attorney.”

On Monday, police responded back to the apartment complex and left with a person of interest in the case. That person was not in handcuffs.

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