PITTSFIELD -- A city man is being held without bail for allegedly shooting at his brother and smashing into the car he was driving after arguing over a debt.

Jerome Grandson, 25, of John Street, chased down his 21-year-old brother on Feb. 25 and crashed into the back of the car he was driving on Gilbert Street after confronting his younger sibling about $140 he was owed, according to police reports.

The complaining witness then drove toward Jerome Grandson on John Street in an attempt to scare him. Jerome Grandson allegedly responded by pulling a gun out of his waistband and firing at the car. Police say the bullet struck the vehicle between the front and rear passenger side windows. A projectile was later recovered by investigators.

The car the younger man was driving belonged to a friend. He dropped it off at her house that day while she was at work, according to police.

Jerome Grandson was arrested on Friday at his home by officers with their guns drawn. He allegedly denied shooting at his brother.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to felony armed assault to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and possession of a firearm without a license.

He is being held without bail until Wednesday for a dangerousness hearing by agreement between the Berkshire District Attorney's Office and Grandson's attorney, Jessica Byrne.


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If found to be a danger to the alleged victim or the public he can be held without bail for up to 90 days.

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