BPD Officers Show Compassion and Restraint During Standoff with Armed Emotionally Disturbed Man


At about 6:57 PM on Monday, July 31, 2017, Officers assigned to Area A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a call for an emotionally disturbed person armed with a knife in the area of Allston Street in Charlestown. On arrival, officers were directed to the rear of a home and were informed that an individual was inside the house holding a knife and had been consuming alcohol. As the officers entered the home they observed the male holding the knife to his own throat. While keeping others at a safe distance, officers engaged the male in conversation who was at this point demanding that the officers shoot him. Officers continued to use de-escalation techniques all while reassuring the male that they were there to help not harm him. The male continued to hold the knife to his throat demanding that officers shoot him or he will harm himself. Officers continued there dialogue with the male until additional units arrived on scene to assist. With additional officers at the scene, the male retreated into a bedroom with the knife still pressed to his throat. Officers were able to gain a tactical advantage at this point by using a protective shield and entered the room. One inside they were able to peacefully subdue and disarm the male without any injuries. He was then taken from the home to an area hospital for treatment. 

Said Commissioner Evans, "I commend the restraint and compassion exhibited by my officers during this very tense situation. This incident highlights the often difficult job police officers face when called to help in cases like this. The actions taken by these officers kept everyone involved safe and allowed for a peaceful outcome."