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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY has learned from sources close to Brian Berger that the New Hanover County Commissioner tried to kill himself at his home last night. Berger says the allegations are untrue.

Police and EMS responded to Berger’s home. An Event Report shows the New Hanover County 911 Center received a call from a female, who Berger has identified as his girlfriend Heather Blaylock, at 11:16 p.m. for a medical call at Berger’s home. The notes show that the patient was a 34-year-old male who was conscious and breathing.

The report goes on to say that the “caller does not want to get involved,” and that “she adv subj does have guns in the residence and and possibly knife or whatever.”

Wilmington Police say they were called around 11:30 p.m. to assist EMS. An incident report says Berger had a minor injury. It listed a razor as the weapon. It also said officers seized a gun and ammunition from the home and that alcohol/drugs were involved.

The Event Notes from 911 also say that the call “was advd to save what info she has…that LEO may need what she has on her cellphone as evidence.”

When police arrived at Berger’s home, they were initially unable to make contact with anyone at the house and noted that an upstairs light was no longer on. Eventually the responders said everything was 10-4 and that the patient would meet them at the backdoor, which, according to the notes, happened a few minutes later.

The notes say a police officer then told dispatch that the officer was “10-17 WPD to submit evidence.” 10-17 is the law enforcement radio code for “en route.”

A police spokeswoman says she believes Berger was taken to the hospital. A New Hanover Regional Medical Center spokeswoman says she had no record of Berger in the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

New Hanover County Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield told WWAY Tuesday afternoon he had no comment and that he hasn’t talked to Berger.

Commissioner Jason Thompson also said no comment. When asked if he’d heard about what happened, Thompson said, “I don’t want to talk about it.”

County Commissioner Rick Catlin says doesn’t know anything about it. Catlin said, “I hope Brian is OK.”

County Commissioner Ted Davis says he didn’t know anything about the incident, but he hopes “that’s not the case.”

WWAY went to Berger’s home Tuesday evening, but he did not answer the door. Berger did do an interview with a Wilmington radio station, where he said that he did not try to kill himself and that Blaylock “has issues.” He also claims that Wilmington Police lied on the incident report, making that the second time he has accused the department of lying.

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Lori M.
2016 years 2 months ago

Normally I like the reporting this station does, but anytime a news organization reports on a supposed attempted suicide and the person denies he/she tried to commit suicide, the news organization always comes out looking sleazy unless they have definite proof the person did indeed try to commit suicide. I don’t see that WWAY had such solid evidence. Unnamed sources close to the person reported on is not solid evidence.

2016 years 2 months ago

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

2016 years 2 months ago

Don’t be embarrassed for Wilmington – he’s a COUNTY commissioner, so be embarrassed for the County, not the City.

2016 years 2 months ago

Naysayers and critics notwithstanding , he has done a good job. No money for an arts council, no baseball team at our expense, and he’s been willing to tackle special interests. You buck the system and have a former girl friend who is wacky–and this happans. Still, Brian you need to stay away from that girl and do your job–things will work out fine for you if you do.many of us have and will continue to support you.

2016 years 2 months ago

Just when I thought WWAY couldn’t get any lower you splash this on the front page. Whatever happened to HIPPA? Whatever happened to human decency? You didn’t have to report this, but yet you chose to anyway. That says everything.

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