Grand jury indictment for armed man who prompted BMC lockdown

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PITTSFIELD — The city man who allegedly fired a handgun, threatened several people with it and prompted a brief lockdown of Berkshire Medical Center has been indicted by a Berkshire grand jury.

Dylan M. Ducharme, 20, of Linden Street, was arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday on weapons and assault charges in connection with the alleged incidents.

He has been held without the right to bail since his district court arraignment on May 16 and will continue to be held without bail, pending a dangerousness hearing, scheduled for Monday.

Ducharme was allegedly on his way to confront a former girlfriend's new boyfriend when the shooting occurred, witnesses said.

When Ducharme arrived at his destination he got involved in an argument with a female, whom he then pushed and slapped. The woman's father told police he then confronted Ducharme and began hitting him.

At that point, Ducharme allegedly brandished a silver and black handgun at all three people present at the time.

Ducharme walked quickly away from the area, according to police, allegedly firing at least one gunshot into the air on Hull Avenue.

He admitted he'd gotten into an argument with the woman and her father, police said, but he said he only took out the weapon because he was afraid when others came out of the house during the altercation.

He told police he fired the shot in the air so he "wouldn't get jumped" as he left the area.

Ducharme said he ran into the BMC Medical Arts Complex and into the BMC parking garage before running into Wahconah Park and throwing the gun into a swamp. The gun has not been recovered.

Both the main hospital and complex went into lockdown and all available police personnel, including the Berkshire County Special Response Team, were called in to help search for Ducharme. He was arrested after a nearby traffic stop a short time later.

At Ducharme's district court arraignment, defense attorney Marc Vincelette said his client adamantly denies pointing the gun at anyone.

Ducharme pleaded not guilty on Thursday before Judge Maureen Hogan to three counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and one count each of assault and battery, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, possession of ammunition with out a firearms identification card and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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