Eric Bertrand is lucky a Second Amendment enthusiast was not shopping at Whole Foods Market late yesterday afternoon . The first frantic reports from the scene via multiple 911 calls indicated a man was randomly discharging a "white powder" onto innocent bystanders.
Hadley PD at Whole Foods Market to Dispatch: "One under arrest, we do have a few victims."
— Larry Kelley (@amherstac) July 11, 2014
One customer, unhappy about the assault, got into a physical altercation with Eric Bertrand, age 59, but appears to have ended up on the wrong end of his "shod foot."
Had this odd event taken place in Texas, Mr. Bertrand would probably have been shot in self defense, since many people at first worried the powder was potentially a terrorist HazMat (hazardous materials) incident.
Amherst Fire Department later transported Bertrand from the Hadley Police Department to Cooley Dickinson Hospital after a "psychological evaluation."
Hadley police have charged him with seven counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (Cayenne pepper). Massachusetts is the only state in the nation to require a license to carry pepper spray, although in this particular case he used store product rather than carrying his own canister of OC spray.
Last Monday Eric Bertrand's Easthampton apartment was gutted by fire, just after he was issued an eviction notice.