Report of shots fired leads to gun charges for Pittsfield man

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PITTSFIELD — Officers responding to shots fired in a city neighborhood narrowed down the likely location to 11 Reynolds Ave.

It was just past 9 p.m. on Feb. 7 and the officers began taking cover behind nearby objects.

They pointed a spotlight on a man and woman, visible through a picture window, and told them to come out of the house. The man, Arthur F. Rogers, 66, denied firing a weapon outside of his home but acknowledged ownership of multiple firearms.

His wife also denied her husband had fired any guns that night, but a nearby witness told police and said they saw him fire about four rounds into the ground using a handgun, which appeared to have a laser sight attached.

Police found five .44 caliber handgun rounds on the top step of the home.

Rogers showed police where some of those weapons were stored, and found four revolvers, a pair of .22 caliber rifles and a shotgun, all unloaded, but all improperly stored or without required trigger locks.

In a different area of the house, police also found a .44 caliber revolver, also unloaded and improperly stored.

Police seized the weapons and ammunition from the home, and issued Rogers a summons.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to eight counts of improper storage of a firearm, and one count each of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and disturbing the peace.

Judge Michael Ripps released him on his own recognizance and ordered him to return to court May 4 for a pretrial hearing.

Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.


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