Doug Berry and his 20-year-old son, Patrick Berry, awaited the 6:45 p.m. Saturday train on the platform at the Dearborn Amtrak station, behind the police station.
The rumble of trains fascinates and soothes Patrick, who has severe autism, and the father-son pair are regulars at the station, so much so that the train engineers wave and call out to Patrick by name.
But Doug Berry’s ordinary routine — and sharp eye — averted a potentially violent confrontation with a suicidal gunman apparently bent on opening fire at police.
Berry called 911 when he saw an agitated man stalking the police station parking lot and then shimmy on his belly under the locked fence gate with what resembled a gun case.
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