Monday June 25, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- A Great Barrington man is due in Southern Berkshire District Court today for allegedly threatening his roommate with a shotgun and firing the weapon during an argument in their home.

James Norris, 54, of 409 Monterey Road, is being held in the Great Barrington police lock-up on $10,000 pending arraignment. Norris was arrested at home Saturday evening after police, while executing a search warrant., found a 12 gauge shotgun, a .22 caliber rifle and a bullet hole in the kitchen ceiling, according to Great Barrington police.

The search was conducted after the victim, whom police declined to identify, reported the shooting incident two days after it occurred. According to police, the man claims Norris put the shotgun to his head while the two argued in their home on Thursday around 6 p.m. As the roommate tried to push the gun away, it discharged. Subsequently, the two men began to physically struggle, with the victim wrestling away the shotgun from Norris before fleeing the house.

Police say neither man was injured.

Norris faces one count each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, illegal possession of firearms and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.


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