Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Police release ID of man killed by Virginia officer

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Authorities have released the identity of a man shot to death during a struggle by a Virginia police officer who was confronting him for allegedly abusing the 911 system.

Henry Kistler Berry III, 43, was killed Friday by Sgt. Albin Pearson, who has since been placed on paid administrative leave, news outlets report, citing a Newport News police statement.

Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew has said four officers responded to Berry’s home that evening to charge him with abusing and tying up 911 lines. Berry was accused of calling 911 repeatedly over the past several months, including on Friday.

Drew said Berry darted away from the approaching officers and into his apartment, where Drew was brought to the ground and snatched an officer’s stun gun. Drew said Berry used the weapon on two or three officers before he was shot and died at the scene.

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