Man shot by Middleborough police appears in court


WAREHAM, Mass. (AP) - A man shot by police responding to the fatal shooting of a Middleborough woman is held on $300,000 bail.

Fifty-two-year-old Thomas Buttimer pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Wareham District Court to assault with intent to kill a police officer and illegal possession of a firearm.

Buttimer had been hospitalized after he was shot by officers Friday when he allegedly refused to drop a long-barreled gun he pointed at them.

Police went to a Middleborough home to investigate the shooting of 65-year-old Norma DesRoche. Her death has been ruled a homicide but Buttimer is not charged in her slaying. Authorities say Buttimer was staying at DesRoche's home.

Prosecutor Jessica Healy had sought $500,000 bail, citing Buttimer's long criminal history. His defense attorney said Buttimer wouldn't be able to post bail because he has no money and few friends.