Havelock shooting suspect appears in court

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Richard Berry, 60, right, appears in court on Friday. Berry is charged with shooting three Havelock police officers.

Bill Hand/Halifax Media
Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 01:58 PM.

Richard Berry, the man accused of shooting three Havelock police officers Thursday, had his first appearance in Craven County District Court on Friday morning.

Berry, 60, has been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

The officers’ injuries were not life-threatening after they were shot at a house at 407 Webb Blvd. in Havelock while responding to what they thought was a suicide attempt.

The three police officers, Sgt. Jim Fahnestock, Lt. Brian Borton and Officer Loren Boone, were each shot in the hand. Borton and Boone were treated and released from CarolinaEast Medical Center on Thursday, while Fahnestock required surgery and stayed overnight. He was listed in good condition but was expected to be released from the hospital on Friday, according to Havelock authorities.

Berry was also injured and treated at CarolinaEast Medical Center and then released on Thursday into the custody of authorities.

Berry slowly shuffled into the courtroom at 10 a.m. Friday, handcuffed, wearing an orange jumpsuit and kept his eyes focused on the floor.

Judge Karen Alexander asked Berry if he had copies of all the court paperwork and if he understood the charges.



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