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NAMI aims to resume mental health crisis training for law enforcement following death of Miguel Estrella

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Supporters hold up signs on North Street in Pittsfield in April as part of a rally in support of Miguel Estrella, who was shot and killed by city police late March. In response, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County is fundraising with the hopes of restarting a Crisis Intervention Training program for law enforcement to learn how best to respond when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis. 

PITTSFIELD — When a Pittsfield police officer fatally shot Miguel Estrella last month outside his apartment building, a mental health clinician who works with the department had just ended his shift, according to Chief Michael Wynn.

Estrella, who had a history of mental illness and had cut himself, was shot after allegedly advancing on officers with a knife.

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Amanda Burke can be reached at aburke@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6296.

Cops and Courts Reporter

Amanda Burke is Cops and Courts Reporter for The Berkshire Eagle. An Ithaca, New York native, she previously worked at The Herald News of Fall River and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.

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