PITTSFIELD — A city man is free on recognizance after allegedly phoning in a false 911 call in which he claimed he was being shot at Sunday evening.

James F. Tierney, 44, of Wahconah Street, allegedly called 911 about 7 p.m. and told the dispatcher a man dressed all in black was shooting at him using a handgun and that people were coming after him.

All available officers were dispatched to Wahconah Street and a search of the area was begun.

At least one of the witnesses police spoke to said there were no shots fired.

Tierney was also interviewed by police and allegedly told them that he hadn't actually seen a weapon and no shots had been fired.

Tierney was pat frisked by police and a spring-loaded switchblade-type knife was found in his pocket, leading to a charge of carrying a dangerous weapon, according to court files.

After learning he was being placed under arrest for making the false call, Tierney allegedly apologized.

"I'm sorry for telling you guys that and I understand the severity of that and that somebody could have been in a life or death situation," Tierney told police, according to court records.

Tierney pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday on charges of carrying a dangerous weapon and making a false 911 call.

Judge William Rota ordered him to return for a pretrial hearing Jan. 26.


Contact Bob Dunn 413-496-6249.