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.