Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Officers Deescalate Dangerous Incident, Take Suspect into Custody

At about 1:45 PM on Monday, December 14, 2015, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a male threatening bystanders at the Boston Transitional Clubhouse in the area of 1960 Washington Street, Roxbury.

Upon arrival, the officers were informed that a male who had been harassing occupants of the above address about an hour earlier had returned with a large metal grilling fork and was threatening to stab employees at the facility. Officers observed this male about 6’3” and 240 lbs. holding the sharp, two-pronged fork in a menacing manner that made officers believe he may use it as a weapon. For the safety of officers and others in the building, officers ordered the male to drop the weapon and exit the premise. The male refused, stating he would not go with the officers alive. After several minutes of speaking calmly to the male, officers convinced him to move outside of the facility, yet the male continued to hold the weapon and yell for the officers to shoot him. Once outside, one officer was able to get close enough to the suspect to deploy his department issued pepper spray, while another officer was able to apprehend the suspect while he was temporarily distracted by the spray.

Officers arrested 35-year-old Benjamin Coffey of Dorchester and charged him with Assault and Battery, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Disorderly Person.