Police shoot Anchorage man's pickup truck

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been charged with assault after police said he tried to run down an officer.

Two patrol officers fired at Shawn Berry, 44, as he drove his pickup truck toward one of the officers Saturday morning. Berry also was charged with driving while intoxicate, driving with a revoked license, felony eluding, resisting arrest and reckless driving.

The incident began shortly after 1:30 when a patrol officer spotted a suspected drunk driver in south Anchorage. After a short chase, the officer broke off but followed and watched the pickup truck get stuck in a snow bank, then take off again.

Police located the truck and this time Berry was outside the vehicle. As officers approached, Berry reached into his coat as if reaching for a gun, police said. Berry then got back into the pickup and drove directly toward an officer.

Two patrol officers fired their guns and struck the pickup four times.

Police again gave chase and eventually pinned the pickup truck next to a snow bank.

Berry was treated and released for a nose injury he apparently suffered as he was taken out of the truck.

Berry is being held on $47,000 bail at Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility.

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