Downtown Altercation Results in Arrest for Assaulting a Police Officer

At approximately 8:00 PM Wednesday evening, a Town of Berryville Police officer responded to a reported altercation near the Subway restaurant on West Main Street. According to Sgt. F.L. Tyler of the Virginia State Police, the responding officer found two male subjects involved in an altercation. Upon attempting to break up the fight the police officer became involved in an altercation with one of the individuals in the initial dispute. Police have not released the name of the officer involved or details of the incident from this point but witnesses reported hearing a single gun shot fired.

Chief Neal White of the Berryville Police reported that during the incident the officer’s service weapon was discharged. No further details were provided regarding the weapon discharge. Chief White said,”In accordance with Berryville Police Department policy, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations was called to the scene to investigate the incident.”

State Police also declined further comment on the weapons discharge.

The officer involved suffered minor injuries which did not require transportation to a medical center. The suspect was treated on the scene for minor injuries not associated with the discharge of the service weapon.

As a result of the incident, Berryville resident William T. Painter was arrested and charged with Felony Assault on a Police Officer.

Comments

  1. If a weapon was discharged during an altercation at subway, it can only be because the officer attempted to kill one of the combatants and missed, the officer fired a warning shot, or the officer panicked and had a negligent discharge.

    I don’t believe that warning shots are authorized in any of the CONUS law enforcement agencies, so it’s more likely that he had a negligent discharge or missed a shot intended to kill.

    I would recommend that the Berryville Police Officers spend more time at the range and less time walking around and ticketing people at 11:30pm in their driveway for having expired whatevers, or pulling them over for expired whatever even though said “perp” had returned from Afghanistan the week prior. Where he still managed to conduct proper weapons training.

    • “…I would recommend that the Berryville Police Officers spend more time at the range and less time walking around and ticketing people at 11:30pm in their driveway for having expired whatevers, or pulling them over for expired whatever even though said “perp” had returned from Afghanistan the week prior. Where he still managed to conduct proper weapons training.”

      So what happened?

    • Unless you know the details of the situation, how can you assume this officer needs more training at the range? Either fill us in on what you apparently know that we don’t, or don’t assume anything!

  2. Mr Mister says:

    Or maybe the guy he was wrestling with reached for the gun and it went off.

  3. Allan "Bugs" McWilliams says:

    No details of incident have been released, but you have already decided what is wrong with the B.P.D. Give me a break!

  4. Is it the KGB or the BPD? Why no details of the incident from the Chief? If you want to see what a real press release from a real police department looks like take a look at:

    http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/Apps/Police/News/NA_details.asp?NaID=5899

    MCPD posted two follow-ups shortly after the first release too. Somebody give the BPD a reminder that this is America. They did the same thing during the investigation of the councilwoman’s shooting death to cover up their screw ups.

    BPD deserves our support but they also need to be open and up front about incidents such as the one that occurred in the Subway parking lot. A proper and complete media release would win them a lot more support from the community. Maybe King Dalton would disagree.

    • Maybe you should be knocking on the state polices door, not BPD. If the state police are conducting an investigation, I don’t believe Chief White should be releasing any information. It should be up to the investigating department to do so.

      • What do you plan on doing with the report anyway? Who cares! I’m sure by now everyone in Berryville knows what happened!

  5. livein22611 says:

    I support our police department and thank God that we don’t have the type and number of police reports that Mont. Co. Maryland does!! And I really don’t have a problem with a cop firing a warning shot for some idiot committing a crime. How many times to you see and hear of people getting away and cop pulled their weapon but was too worried about the ramifications to shoot? I want the police to protect the law abiding citizens and not the law breakers.

    • Okay, where did the bullet from the warning shot end up? This isn’t the wild west or some TV police drama from the 70’s. As far as I know, there is no formal law enforcement training in the area of warning shots. Do you know how far a bullet can travel from a warning shot? I think he was shooting at the suspect and missed, and it’s being covered up.
      A stray bullet can damage property, or worse, kill or injure someone innocent. Let’s hear the facts BPD.

      • How bout we give the state police time to do their investigation before we start screaming cover up. Furthermore, cover ups are generally when false explanations are given…they haven’t released an explanation yet!