Shooting victims to be honored Monday night

policemen recognized

From left, Lt. Brian Borton, Patrol Officer Loren Boone and Sgt. Jim Fahnestock, all injured during a Feb. 14 shooting, will be honored with medals at Monday’s Havelock Board of Commissioners meeting.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 03:52 PM.

Three Havelock Police officers thought they were trying to save a life. Next thing they knew, they were fighting for their own.

Sgt. Jim Fahnestock, Lt. Brian Borton and Patrol Officer Loren Boone were injured in a Feb. 14 shooting. The three will be recognized with medals during the Havelock Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday at Havelock City Hall for putting the safety of the alleged shooter, Richard Berry, ahead of their own.

"I’m very proud of that," Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said. "I’m very proud of them for having made the decision to try to help an individual that they thought was in need of help as opposed to using deadly force to counter his attack."

The three officers were among the first to respond to a report of a man with a gun firing shots around 12:30 p.m. at 407 Webb Blvd. They entered the home and heard two shots from a back bedroom. Berry was behind a closed door.

"At that point after the second shot, Mr. Berry made the statement to the officers that he had allegedly shot himself and that he was going to just lie there and bleed out," Cyrus said. "The officers again tried to contact him verbally and were not able to do so. It was their thought at the time that Mr. Berry had in fact suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the three officers entered the room to check on his safety and to provide first aid to him if needed."

That’s when things changed drastically. Fahnestock entered the room first, followed by Borton and then Boone. Berry was in the bed in a fetal position, facing away from the officers. He suddenly rolled over in the bed, a semi-automatic pistol in each hand, and began firing multiple shots.

Due to their positions in the room, the officers reacted by physically trying to get the guns away from Berry. During the confrontation, each was shot in their left hands.



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