Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Two Off-Duty Officers Team Up to Subdue Out-of-Control Male at Home Depot in West Roxbury


At about 4:30 PM on Sunday, December 18, 2016, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to assist an off-duty Boston Police Officer with an out of control subject at the Home Depot located at 1213 VFW Parkway.

The officer, a 12-year-veteran of the department currently assigned to the City Wide Bicycle Unit, entered the store and immediately heard the sound of a disturbance. The officer observed a 55-year-old male from Roslindale yelling and screaming while throwing items on the floor.  A second off-duty officer from a separate agency who had identified himself to the distraught man was talking to him while trying to deescalate the situation. Without warning or provocation, the male subject suddenly punched the second off-duty officer in the face. The off-duty BPD officer then engaged the subject and identified himself as an officer too, at which time the man replied, “[Expletive] you.” The subject then became more aggressive, trying to strike other customers who had gathered around the disturbance. Through their combined efforts, the two officers were eventually able to take control of the disturbed individual until additional units arrived to assist. The male subject was secured and transported to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation. The off-duty Boston Police Officer sustained minor injuries during the incident and has since been treated and released. No charges have been filed at this time against the individual.