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Hancock Domestic Dispute Ends in State Police Shooting

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HANCOCK, Mass. — A State Police trooper responding to a domestic incident shot and killed an individual Saturday morning.

According to State Police, and a statement from the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, the officer was called to a Hancock residence about 7 a.m. and was confronted by an armed individual who would not back down despite requests to stop.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed at the scene. County Ambulance responded and pronounced the individual dead.

The statement did not identify the officer or individual or what the individual was armed with.

Hancock does not have a police force and is covered by the State Police.

The Pittsfield Police Department responded to the scene shortly after the incident and assisted in resuscitation efforts.

The preliminary investigation included crime scene analysis and civilian interviews.

Attorney Timothy Shugrue, in conjunction with the State Police Detective Unit, is coordinating the investigation along with other specialized units of the State Police. The investigation is in its early stages.

First Assistant District Attorney Marianne Shelvey was dispatched to the scene to assist in the investigation. As part of this investigation law enforcement will be reviewing body and cruiser cameras, according to the DA's statement.

The State Police conducts a review of all use of force incidents.

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Dalton Discusses Options for Cable Contract Negotiations

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
DALTON, Mass. — The Cable Advisory Commission held its first meeting since 2019 on Monday night. 
The commission was re-established to negotiate a new contract with Charter Communications. 
There are four voting members on the commission, three of whom are also on the Dalton Community Cable Association's board. 
The commission is weighing its options for obtaining legal counsel, the needs to be negotiated, and need for volunteers. 
The last time the town had a contract was in 1997 with Time Warner Cable, which was purchased by Spectrum in 2016. 
The commission plans to negotiate for a share of gross revenue, capital funds, funding for fiber optic cables, which will enhance its connections, and updated equipment needed to handle this upgrade. 
Commissioner Richard White said, to his knowledge, by law the town should have three stations but it currently only has one. 
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