Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Suspect with Fake Firearm after Carjacking and Violent Struggle with Detective


At about 8:20 PM on Sunday, September 27, 2015, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to several calls for a person with a gun in the area of 66 Union Street, Brighton.

While en route, officers received a description of the suspect, as well as information that the suspect had knocked on the door of a residence, displayed a firearm, and then fled the area. Officers canvassed the neighborhood, and shortly, a detective observed the suspect standing next to a blue motor vehicle pointing a firearm at two victims next to the car. The detective immediately unholstered his department-issued firearm, pointed it at the suspect, and gave orders to drop the weapon. The suspect initially refused, yelling for the detective to shoot him; however, after several additional commands the suspect placed the firearm on the ground and began to comply. As the detective approached the suspect to handcuff him, the suspect reached into the nearby vehicle, pulled out a knife, and rushed at the detective. The detective and suspect both landed on the ground, and a violent physical struggle ensued. Additional responding officers were eventually able to subdue and handcuff the suspect.

After speaking with the two victims, officers learned that the suspect had forced them out of their two vehicles at gunpoint before the detective arrived and intervened. From the scene, officers recovered a folding knife with a black handle used to attack the detective, a firearm holster, and a black pellet handgun that had been altered to look like an authentic firearm.

The suspect, identified as 46-year-old William James Maturo of Winthrop, was arrested and charged with two counts of Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), two counts of Kidnapping, and one count of each of the following: Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Carjacking, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife), Assault and Battery on a Public Employee (Police Officer), Malicious Destruction of Property Valued Over $250, and Resisting Arrest. After discovering drugs on Maturo’s person during the booking process, he was additionally charged with Unlawful Possession of Class C Substance (Lorazapam), Unlawful Possession of Class B Substance (Suboxone), and Unlawful Possession of Class E Substance (unidentified pills).