Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Display Tremendous Restraint Yet Again When Confronting Distraught Man Armed with a Knife in Hyde Park

At about 7:55 PM on Wednesday September 14, 2016, officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for a person with a knife making threats in the area of 875 Canterbury Street.  On arrival, officers were unable to locate the subject but provided additional responding units with a detailed description of a male in his twenties wearing all black with a grey and black bandana pulled up over his face.  A short time later, an officer working a paid detail at the Stop & Shop at 950 American Legion Highway advised that he had just observed a person matching the given description enter the store.  The officer observed a silver knife in the man's hand and could clearly see that he appeared to be distraught.  The detail officer approached the male and began to speak with him in an attempt to deescalate the situation as additional units arrived and began to secure the area while directing other civilians out of harm’s way.  As the officer continued to speak to the man, he began to repeatedly scream, “Just shoot me…..Go ahead, just shoot me……” to which the officer calmly replied numerous times, “We aren’t going to shoot you - we just want to get you some help.”  On several occasions, the man raised the knife up to his neck or pointed directly into his stomach while threatening to hurt himself and others.  The officer maintained distance and continued talking the man down from his frenzied state until he finally agreed to drop the weapon and turn himself over to Boston EMS who were now on scene.  The subject was then secured and transported to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation.   

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I want to commend my officers for their professionalism, restraint and compassion during an interaction that could have resulted in the use of deadly force.  They recognized that this man needed help, and relied on their training to bring this potentially tragic situation to a peaceful resolution."