Dangerousness hearing set for man charged in Pittsfield shooting

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PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of opening fire at a busy intersection in broad daylight last month faces a dangerousness hearing at the end of the week.

Patrick S. Coyne, 34, was arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday on weapons charges connected to the May 19 incident at Wahconah Street and Pecks Road.

The incident prompted the city School Department to reroute buses around the area and students who walk from nearby schools were briefly held back to avoid the area being searched, which included parts of Wahconah Street, Pecks Road and Pontoosuc Avenue.

No one was injured in the shooting.

Coyne allegedly disposed of clothing and the gun in trash cans behind a Wahconah Street home. Those items were recovered by police.

He has been in custody since his District Court arraignment last month.

Judge Maureen Hogan ordered Coyne to remain held pending the outcome of his hearing, scheduled for Friday morning.

The hearing will determine whether Coyne can have bail set and in what amount and what conditions of release he will be subject to, or if he should remain held without the right to bail.

He has pleaded not guilty to one count each of being an armed career felon, illegal possession of a firearm (second offense), possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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