Great Work Recognized: Congratulations to Commissioner Commendation Recipients Officers James Giardina and James Warmsley: At about 12:08 AM on Monday, December 7, 2015, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a person requesting EMS in the area of Bremen Street.
Upon arrival officers had no identifying characteristic of the person; security on-scene knew of no residents needing service. Officers found the apartment in question unoccupied, the door ajar. The officers proceeded back to the lobby where security told them he was just threatened by a man with a knife. The officers returned to the apartment and immediately saw the suspect standing in the hallway —holding a large kitchen knife.
The officers drew their firearms, created distance and gave numerous verbal commands for the suspect to drop the knife. The suspect did not comply. Instead he began screaming at the officers “Kill me! Shoot me!” as he moved forward, then backward while continuing to point the knife at the officers.
Officer Warmsley took cover in the open elevator while keeping the door open to maintain a visual of the suspect. Officer Giardina holstered his weapon and attempted to calm the armed suspect. The suspect continued to appear agitated and charged towards Officer Giardina.
With the suspect’s full attention on Officer Giardina in the hallway, he was caught by surprise as he passed Officer Warmsley in the elevator who sprayed him in the face with pepper spray. The suspect retreated and was convinced to drop the knife; he was transported to a local medical facility for psychiatric evaluation.
Officers Giardina and Warmsley handled a life threatening situation (suicide by cop) with great restraint, foresight and tactics. Their actions resulted in the successful apprehension of a suicidal person without injury.
For their efforts they are hereby awarded a Commissioner's Commendation.