Berwick Police Chief David Leonard, Sr. reports the following arrests:
Richard Donovan, 43-years-old, of Snead St. Berwick, LA, was arrested on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 10:21PM, on the following charge:
- Illegal Discharge of a Firearm in City Limits
On Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 9:29PM, officers on patrol were flagged down by a complainant who reported hearing gunshots in the area of Snead St. Officers responded to the area and located the residence on Snead St. where it was confirmed that an individual did fire a gun from that address. Officers made contact with Richard Donovan who said he heard a loud disturbance outside of his residence. He retrieved a handgun and stepped out of the front door of his house and fired three shots into the air then went back inside. Officers spoke with numerous witnesses in the area who confirmed his statement. Officers were also able to view and secure a home video of the incident, which has video and audio. The video shows Donovan exiting his house and immediately fire 3 shots into the air then go back inside. Through video evidence and witness statements, officers did not uncover any evidence to suggest that Donovan pointed the gun at anyone nor did he make any verbal threats towards anyone. In conclusion, Donovan was placed under arrest for Illegal Discharge of a Firearm in the City Limits and he was booked into the Berwick Jail. He was later released after posting a $326.00 cash bond.