Police: Lewiston man told them to shoot him

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Troy Berry, 32, of 210 Randall Road was charged with domestic violence terrorizing, domestic violence stalking, failure to stop for police and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

Prosecutors were seeking $10,000 cash bail, but a judge set bail at $500 plus a supervision contract, the same terms Berry’s attorney had sought.

Conditions of his release include an overnight curfew and no contact with a woman who works at Liberty Mutual.

According to prosecutors, Berry had texted the woman on Friday, threatening suicide. He said he was coming to her office.

The victim told police she had dated Berry for six years, but had broken off the relationship a month earlier, according to a police affidavit.

He texted her, telling her that he was ready to fix his life by getting back together with her or die. She said he owned a handgun.

Berry was spotted by police exiting the Liberty Mutual parking lot. He was followed to an adjacent parking lot where he exited his car and ran into nearby woods. He later emerged from the woods behind the insurance company’s building. When confronted by police as he neared the building’s entrance, he held a black object in his left hand and was ordered at gunpoint to stop.

He told police to shoot him. Three officers managed to subdue him and took him into custody as he continued to tell them to shoot him.

“The state feels that one may make a reasonable inference that he may also, in fact, kill her as well as himself,” Assistant District Attorney Melanie Portas told the judge, arguing for the high bail.

He attempted to enter the office building even though it had been locked down, Portas said.

Defense attorney Allan Lobozzo pointed out that all of the charges against Berry were misdemeanors, as well as his criminal history. Berry has never failed to show up for scheduled court appearances, Lobozzo said.

The self-employed painter has a long family history in Lewiston and deep ties to the community, Lobozzo said. Berry receives the services of a mental health counselor.

“Quite honestly, money doesn’t address the issues the state is concerned about,” Lobozzo said.

Judge Dow ordered Berry possess no dangerous weapons, be subject to random search, and that he have no contact with the victim named in court papers. He must stay away from her home and workplace.

Portas asked that Berry surrender any firearms to the Lewiston Police Department “for safe keeping” before he enters his home.

Judge Dow approved Berry’s request for a court-appointed attorney.

A court date was set for February.

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