Man assaults officers, pulls gun during arrest tied to shooting, police say
By Bob Dunn
The Berkshire Eagle
PITTSFIELD — A man suspected in a recent shooting incident is being held without bail after he fought with police trying to arrest him in a city package store.Brandon M. Griffin, 21, of Pittsfield, allegedly pulled a loaded revolver from a holster Wednesday night during a struggle with officers at Costanzo's Package and Variety Store on Onota Street. No one was injured during the incident, police said.
Griffin was wanted on a warrant for allegedly shooting at a man last week during a road rage incident.
About 9:29 p.m. July 5, police received a report from a man who said someone in a white vehicle with New York plates had shot at him.
The man reported he was almost struck by the same car while he was crossing Center Street, leading to an argument with the driver of the vehicle, police said.
The vehicle returned to the area and a shot came from the rear driver's side of the car, the man told police.
The car's owner, who was pulled over on Tuesday, identified Griffin as the person who shot from the car, and described the gun as a silver .38 caliber revolver, police said. A warrant was then issued for Griffin's arrest.
Officers spotted Griffin leaving his Linden Street apartment about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday with a woman and followed the pair to the package store.
Pittsfield Police Officer Kip Steinman, who was in plain clothes, wrote in his report that he walked up to Griffin in the store, identified himself as an officer and grabbed his left arm "to try to gain control, due to him possibly having a gun on him."
Other officers stepped in to assist with Griffin, who then allegedly pulled a silver revolver from a holster.
Steinman said he grabbed Griffin's right arm until Griffin tossed the gun on to the floor.
The struggle continued until Griffin and officers fell to the floor, smashing a number of champagne bottles.
The woman, Tyra Alado, 19, allegedly joined the fray and tried to interfere with officers' attempts to take Griffin into custody.
While Griffin was on the ground, he continued to resist officers and yelled, "Just shoot me. Kill me."
He also allegedly told officers he is "not built for jail," and he didn't want to go.
Once in custody, Griffin allegedly cursed at one officer and spit in his face.
Police said there were three rounds loaded in the revolver's chamber.
A check showed that Griffin has no license to carry a firearm in Massachusetts.
Griffin pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday to charges of carrying a loaded firearm without a license, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, vandalizing property, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm without license, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.He is being held pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Friday.Griffin also has an open case of assault and battery on a family or household member from June. Alado was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.Bob Dunn can be reached at email@example.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.
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