Shooting suspect held pending mental health evaluation

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PITTSFIELD — The dangerousness hearing for the suspect in a brazen daytime shooting has been put off while he undergoes a mental health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital.

Patrick Coyne, 34, faces multiple weapons charges for allegedly opening fire at traffic near the intersection of Wahconah Street and Pecks Road on May 19.

He has been has held without bail pending his hearing, which was scheduled for Friday, before the evaluation was ordered.

Coyne was allegedly spotted fleeing from the intersection and is accused of disposing of some clothes and a 9mm handgun in trash cans behind a nearby home after the shots were fired.

No one was injured in that incident and Coyne allegedly told police he was the one being shot at, but he declined to say who fired those shots.

Coyne has pleaded not guilty to charges of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card and committing a firearms violation with a previous violent or drug crime.

Coyne, represented by attorney Anthony Gianacopoulos, is due back in court on June 13.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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