At approximately 2:15 pm on Friday, May 20, 2016, an officer sitting inside of his department motor vehicle in the rear parking lot at District D-4 (South End) was approached by an individual who stated to the officer, "Can you do me a favor?" The officer responded that he could and then asked the individual what he could do for him. To which, the individual replied, "I want you to shoot me, kill me, I want to die." At this time, the officer immediately radioed for assistance. While the suspect continued to repeat his demands for the officer to harm him, the officer quickly exited his cruiser and promptly noticed that the suspect had his hands concealed behind his back. Despite repeated commands to show his hands, the suspect refused. As other officers arrived on scene, the suspect charged at the officer, punching and attempting to tackle him. The suspect then grabbed for the officer's department-issued firearm and repeatedly tried to pull the weapon from its holster. Fortunately, the officer was able to pull away from the suspect and successfully fend off his attempt to take his weapon. While being placed into custody, the suspect continued to verbally disrespect and disparage the officers.
The suspect, Arthur Campbell, 35, of Boston was arrested and officers requested that EMS respond, at which point the suspect was transported to Boston Medical Center for an evaluation. The suspect will be charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.
Boston Police Commissioner Evans stated, “An incident like this underscores the dangers my officers face every day. I can’t praise their handling of this situation enough. Their response to an officer in trouble call was quick and decisive and the restraint shown to a suspect intent and hell-bent on harming himself was nothing short of remarkable. In our nation’s capital this week, police officers from all over the world are there to celebrate National Police Appreciation Week. Here in Boston, my officers once again remind me why it’s important to celebrate and appreciate them every single day.”