Shooting victims to be honored Monday night

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 03:52 PM.

"As the officers attempted to gain control of him, he was positioning the weapons as best he could to continue firing at the officers, according to the officers’ reports, which made it difficult for them to gain control of the weapons because he was constantly moving the weapons in an attempt to shoot at the officers," Cyrus said.

In the end, the officers subdued Berry and disarmed him despite their injuries. Berry was not shot during the altercation but was wheeled out on a stretcher about an hour after the incident and taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern.

As for the officers, Borton and Boone were treated and released from the hospital that day and returned to work in a few days.

Fahnestock, the most severely injured, had surgery to repair damage done by the round that penetrated his hand and caused significant damage to his thumb and the lower portion of his hand. Fahnestock returned to light duty at the police department about two weeks ago, assisting with administrative work. Cyrus said Fahnestock’s doctors have indicated a return to full duty is likely in about four months.

"Their purpose for entering the room was to try to aid (Berry) thinking that he had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and their belief was compounded by the fact that they had lost contact with him and he was not responding to them, and they chose not to use deadly force to counter deadly force," Cyrus said. "They chose to engage him in a physical confrontation in order to wrestle those pistols away from him rather than use deadly force to counter his attack on them and in doing so they prevented him from suffering serious injury or death, but on the other hand, that decision cost them in the fact that all three of them were injured by gunfire when Mr. Berry was allegedly firing his weapons at the officers."

Cyrus said it may be the first time Havelock police officers had ever been injured during a shooting.

"We’ve gone back a ways trying to locate information on previous incidents like that and have found none," he said.

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