Multiple charges for Pittsfield man who allegedly assaulted police


PITTSFIELD — A city man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly assaulted police officers who were trying to arrest him.

Austin Lamke, 20, scuffled with officers who suspected him of breaking into his father's South Street home on Monday afternoon, police said.

Neighbors had reported seeing Lamke with a backpack, shirtless and wearing jeans, outside of the house with a ladder and entering the house through a side door.

Police were called by Lamke's father, who told officers Lamke was escorted from the home about 11:50 p.m. Sunday and was not supposed to be there.

Pittsfield Police Officers Michael McHugh, David Kirchner, Sean Klink and Jennifer Brueckmann responded to the call.

Officers saw a large ladder outside the home and knocked at the door for about 10 minutes before Lamke came out on to the porch, according to Brueckmann's report.

Lamke allegedly told officers they didn't need to be there and he was retrieving his property from inside.

Brueckmann opened the door to the porch and asked Lamke outside, but when he tried to, "duck back" into the house, Brueckmann grabbed his arm and pulled him outside, according to her report. She said she had Lamke's left wrist while Klink had his right hand.

Lamke allegedly managed to slip away and "purposely" struck Klink in the head with an elbow and punched Brueckmann in the face before fleeing on foot toward Taylor Street, almost being struck by traffic on the way.

McHugh caught up to him behind 11 Taylor St., where Lamke allegedly "squared off," with the officer and took a swing at him before threatening to kill him.

Lamke was taken to the ground by McHugh and struck a parked car in the process, denting it, and leading to a vandalism charge.

Once in handcuffs, Lamke allegedly yelled to officers, "Shoot me! Just shoot me!"

He was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for an evaluation and was medically cleared before being booked, according to police. Police did not suffer significant injuries in the incident.

Lamke pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to daytime breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony, three counts of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, threatening to commit a crime (murder), disorderly conduct and vandalism.

Judge William Rota released him on his own recognizance and set a pretrial hearing date of Sept. 6.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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