Shots fired in self defense?

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The alleged shooter, Christopher Davis, 26, claims he opened fire in self- defense after a trio of men attempted to enter his Fenn Street apartment around 2 a.m. As a result, the three men - Douglas Starbird, Anthony Astore and Tyler Hewitt - may soon face charges of home invasion, according to Detective Capt. Patrick F. Barry, commander of the Pittsfield Police Department Special Operations Division.

None of the men were hit by gunfire. Although the charges against Davis will remain the same - assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and possession of ammunition without a Firearms Identification Card - the police investigation has revealed that the trio may have been the aggressors.

"We recovered a roofing rake we believe was used in the home invasion," Barry said, adding that the tool was likely used to smash out the windows of Davis' truck.

Davis was held on cash bail of $100,000, or $1 million bond, after denying all charges at his arraignment Monday in Central Berkshire District Court. Davis was captured in Colonie, N. Y., the day after the shooting, but police have yet to recover a weapon, which is believed to be a .22-caliber handgun.

Davis claimed he fired his gun in self-defense after the three men had broken into his Fenn Street apartment. The gunshots were directed toward Fenn Street, where multiple shell casings were recovered.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate a Feb. 18 shooting - Pittsfield's second gun crime this year - in the city's Morningside neighborhood. Shots rang out at the corner of Fourth and Fenn streets, where a car was apparently raked by gunfire.

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Police have identified the alleged victim and the car, which was recovered on Barker Road several miles from the shooting scene. The car was towed to the police station, where investigators conducted a more thorough examination of the vehicle.

"The shooter is obviously still at large," Barry said. " The investigation is continuing."

Barry said a projectile entered one side of the car and exited the other, narrowly missing the male driver.

"It just missed him," Barry said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Department at (413) 448-9700. The Detective Bureau can be reached directly at (413) 448-9705.

To reach Conor Berry: cberry@berkshireeagle.com, or (413) 496-6249.


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