Suspect faces multiple charges in Lenox fight


LENOX — A brawl outside a Lenox Dale home on Wednesday night landed a suspect in Berkshire Medical Center with several injuries after he allegedly threatened an in-law with a gun, according to Lenox Police.

The suspect, Michael E. Womack, 37, formerly of Torrington, Conn., but now living in Becket, faces as many as eight charges, including four felony counts, said Lenox Police Chief Stephen O'Brien.

Two Lenox officers, Sean Ward and Eric Kirby, responded to a report of a man threatening people with a handgun at a Golden Hill Road residence, according to the police report.

A State Police unit from the Lee barracks was already on the scene, O'Brien stated, and had handcuffed the suspect. Lee Police also assisted.

The altercation involving Womack and three men broke out after the suspect arrived at the home "of some type of relation," O'Brien said.

Womack allegedly pulled a handgun and "waved it in the face of one of the individuals," O'Brien said. "That individual retaliated by swiping the gun away from his face."

A fight then erupted, the police chief said.

According to the police report, Womack was injured while he was subdued by the other men involved in the fight. He was taken into custody and transported by Lenox Ambulance to BMC, where he was admitted overnight for treatment of unspecified injuries.

Womack was still hospitalized in stable condition early Thursday afternoon, said BMC spokesman Michael Leary.

Several witnesses to the incident corroborated the account of the victims, O'Brien said.

Womack has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; larceny of a firearm; subsequent-offense possession of a firearm without a license to carry; and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, all felonies.

Misdemeanor counts include threatening to commit murder, second-offense OUI, operating a vehicle with a suspended license and disturbing the peace, according to the preliminary investigation.

The charges could be amended as more facts come to light, O'Brien noted.

"It was a family dispute that went really bad," O'Brien said.

Arrangements for a swift arraignment of Womack were under way on Thursday morning, O'Brien said, but he had not been released from the hospital at that time.

Contact Clarence Fanto at 413-637-2551.


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