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Pittsfield Police Shoot Man After Alleged Armed Confrontation

An SUV is parked on the street in front of a brick building with "Pittsfield Police" on its doors
Josh Landes
A Pittsfield Police vehicle parked outside of the station at 39 Allen Street

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts police department is investigating after one of its officers shot a city man who threatened police. 

Police say 52-year-old Kerry P. Robinson was arrested Tuesday night on an intent to murder charge after the confrontation with officers. Law enforcement responded to a call from Robinson’s mother that he was destroying her house on Glenwood Avenue. He was discovered at the scene armed with a bat, and police say he made threats that he was armed and would shoot them.

“While a perimeter was being established the suspect exited the front entrance of the house armed with a knife and a broken golf club," said Lieutenant Gary Traversa. "The suspect was given multiple commands to stop, repeatedly, and regardless, the suspect continued to advance.”

Robinson was first hit with “less lethal” shotgun rounds before being hit with a round fired by Sergeant John Murphy.

The suspect was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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