NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was served with a domestic violence order of protection moments after a press conference he held Thursday night.
Berger held the news conference to apologize to county residents and the Wilmington Police Department. He also made it clear that he has no plans to resign from office after a couple weeks of well-publicized incidents involving his ex-girlfriend.
Berger's ex-girlfriend, Heather Blaylock, filed a complaint and motion for domestic violence protective order around 4:00 Thursday afternoon.
According to Blaylock, she and Berger have been broken up since the first week of August.
"He did not seem to realize this until August 30 when he came to my home," Blaylock wrote on the requesting document. "We argued and after leaving, he said he would kill himself and sent me pictures."
Blaylock called authorities August 29 because she had received suicidal text messages from Berger.
Officers responded to Berger's home to check on him and found him with two small cuts to his inner left elbow and a cut to his left wrist. Initially Berger denied the events and accused the police department of releasing false information. Thursday night he admitted to cutting himself August 29 to make his girlfriend think he was trying to kill himself.
An official order of domestic violence was file against Berger around 11:45 Thursday night. With that order, Berger was forced to surrender all firearms, which were already in possession of the Wilmington Police Department.
The order also prevents Berger from contacting Blaylock or her son by telephone, at her home, workplace or other means. He is also prohibited from threatening a member of Blaylock's family.
Berger is expected to appear in court September 16, 2011.
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