Pittsfield police probe shooting, break-in


PITTSFIELD -- City police are investigating a shooting and home invasion on Plunkett Street that took place early Friday morning.

According to Pittsfield Police Detective Capt. Patrick F. Barry, officers responded to a three-apartment residence on the 100 block of Plunkett Street at about 2:40 a.m., after receiving reports of shots being fired. No one was reported injured.

The 24-year-old victim told police he heard what sounded like someone trying to kick in his back door and then shots being fired. He denied knowing anything more about what happened.

Police said there was some drug dealing paraphernalia in the residence and that the victim has a prior charge of marijuana possession with the intent to distribute.

Neighbors told police they heard a male voice shout "give it up" followed by gunfire.

Barry said at least five shots were fired with one ending up in a neighboring apartment in the building that was occupied at the time. Five shell casings and four projectiles were recovered, he said.

No description was given of the perpetrator.

The victim told police that last weekend he was assaulted by someone when he went to answer the door after hearing knocking. He was hit in the head with an unknown object, but was able to close the door before anything else occurred. The man didn’t report that incident to police, said Barry.

The perpetrator in that crime was described as a black male, 5-foot-10 with a stocky build and short black hair wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

Police believe the two incidents may be related.

Early Friday morning, officers canvassed the neighborhood. A Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit was deployed with negative results, said Barry.

Detective Nicholas DeSantis is the lead investigator in the case.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the PPD at (413) 448-9700.

To reach Andrew Amelinckx: aamelinckx@berkshireeagle.com, or (413) 496-6249. On Twitter: @BETheAmelinckx


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