Becket man held after pulling gun in altercation


PITTSFIELD >> When a man who suspected Michael Womack had been driving drunk attempted to take a photo of his license plate Wednesday night, Womack allegedly pulled a loaded pistol from his waistband and pointed it at the man's head and told him, "Don't do it."

Womack, 37, of Becket, was then taken to the ground by three men and restrained until police arrived.

Womack is now being held without bail, pending a dangerousness hearing in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday.

Womack faces 10 charges in the case, including weapons, assault and drunk-driving related charges.

According to Lenox Police, officers were dispatched to Golden Hill Road about 9:31 for a report of a man threatening people with a handgun.

By the time police arrived, Womack had been overpowered by three men, who were holding him on the ground.

Police saw a 9 mm Beretta pistol on the ground to Womack's left.

The gun was loaded with nine rounds, one of which was in the chamber, according to police.

When asked, Womack allegedly told police nothing had happened and he had no gun.

Womack had several injuries to his face and was bleeding, prompting police to call for an ambulance.

One of the men said he had been receiving threatening text messages from Womack, amid suspicions he had said disparaging things about the woman whom Womack is dating.

The night of the arrest, Womack allegedly sent more messages to the man, saying he was going to come to his house.

Later, all three men were standing outside the house when Womack pulled up in his vehicle and began arguing.

One of the men told officers Womack smelled of alcohol and that he was about to take a picture of Womack's license plate and call police.

When Womack pulled out the pistol, the man he threatened pushed his arm away and all three men took him to the ground, according to police.

The gun was legally registered to the woman Womack is dating, police said.

The woman said she was sleeping when Womack left her home and he did not have permission to take her gun.

Witnesses said they heard someone say, "He's got a gun," and someone else say, "I'll murder you."

A check of Womack's license showed it was revoked in July for failure to pay fines and he had a previous conviction for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor in February, 2009.

Womack was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where he was arraigned Thursday afternoon.

Womack has entered not guilty pleas on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, larceny of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor (second offense), operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, threatening to commit a crime and disturbing the peace.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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