On Saturday, March 10, 2018, Officers Giardina, Hernandez and Kamel responded to a call for a person with a knife at an apartment in the area of Princeton Street, East Boston. On arrival officers met a man who stated his son was in his bedroom with a knife. The officers conducted a protective sweep and announced their presence. When officers ordered the male subject to make himself visible, he complied and walked from the bedroom into the kitchen. The male subject was holding a knife in his right hand and his shirt was covered in blood. The officers gave repeated commands for the male subject to drop the knife, but instead he advanced toward the officers, refusing to drop the knife and yelled, “you’re going to have to shoot me!” The officers continued to order the suspect to drop the knife, but he refused.
Officer Giardina was positioned behind Officers Kamel and Hernandez and was able to reach over their shoulders and administer OC spray to the male subject facial area which caused the him to drop the knife.
The officers were met by a subject with a long history of violent outbursts against his family and against responding officers from District A-7 (East Boston). In one prior incident the male subject displayed a hatchet. In another incident the male subject was trying to strike himself with a large glass mirror.
The officers used great restraint in all of these incidents, taking control of this most recent incident and calling for assistance for this emotionally disturbed person.
For their efforts they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.