Judge weighs dangerousness of Pittsfield shooting suspect


PITTSFIELD — A Berkshire Superior Court Judge is deciding whether a city man can be released on bail or must remain in pretrial detention amid weapons and assault charges.

Dylan Ducharme, 20, is accused of firing a handgun in the air around Hull Avenue about 11:43 a.m. May 14.

Ducharme was allegedly on his way to confront a former girlfriend's new boyfriend and sent a series of text messages to a witness that he was on his way to Hull Avenue to do so.

He also allegedly became involved in verbal and physical altercations and threatened three people at the scene with the handgun.

Ducharme has denied pointing the weapon at anyone.

The suspect allegedly fled the scene, cutting through part of the Berkshire Medical Center campus, prompting a lockdown of that facility.

Ducharme allegedly disposed of the weapon in the area of Wahconah Park. That weapon has yet to be recovered, according to First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello.

Ducharme's attorney, Richard S. Taskin, said his client has no adult record and a limited juvenile record which cases were continued without findings or dismissed altogether and has no history of missing court appearances.

Taskin said Ducharme could live under the supervision of a family member, would submit to GPS monitoring and does not present a flight risk.

Judge Maureen Hogan presided over Monday's brief hearing and took the matter under advisement.

Ducharme has pleaded not guilty to three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and one count each of assault and battery, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card and possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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