Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Sergeant Takes Suspect into Custody after the Suspect Charges Sergeant with Knife


At about 9:50 PM on Thursday, July 28, 2016, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a person with a knife in the area of the TD Garden at 100 Legends Way.

A sergeant, who had been informed that the suspect was threatening women and security officers in the area with a knife, arrived first on the scene and observed the suspect brandishing a folding knife in his hand. As the sergeant exited his cruiser, the suspect charged at him, screaming that he would kill the officer. The sergeant quickly drew his department issued firearm and ordered the suspect to drop the knife. The suspect complied and, with the assistance of other officers, the sergeant was able to place the suspect into custody. Officers arrested 20-year-old Michael Garrick of Boston and charged him with three counts of Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) and Threats.

Said the sergeant at the scene, “His advance at me was so fast that before I could exit the motor vehicle, he was already about four feet or so from my door.” Police Commissioner Evans again commended the restraint and quick-thinking used by his officers in detaining a suspect threatening others’ lives with a dangerous weapon.