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Evangelous disputes Berger’s accusations against WPD

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous is defending his department against accusations from New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger.

“We don’t mischaracterize, and we don’t lie,” Evangelous said in a statement. “We’re here to serve and protect the community.”

Evangelous released the statement after Berger claimed police lied on a report about their response to the commissioner’s home Monday night. Berger says the police lied about him having injuries from a razor, a handgun and that drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident.

Police responded to Berger’s home late Monday night after getting a request to assist EMS responding a medical call from Berger’s girlfriend. Sources close to Berger have said the commissioner tried to kill himself, but Berger says that is not true.

According a police report, officers seized a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson and ammunition from Berger’s home. However, Berger says he does not own a pistol, though he admits he does have a rifle. Berger also says he has not had a drink in weeks and was not on drugs. He did concede during a radio interview Tuesday that police may have been referring to legal prescription drugs. Berger also says he did not have injuries from a razor. On the radio, he said, if anything, he may have had minor injuries from yard work.

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