At about 5:20 PM on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, officers from District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a call to assist Fallon Ambulance with a Massachusetts Section 12 order in the area of 71 Central Avenue.
Upon arrival, officers met with the subject of the order, a 22-year-old, 5’10” tall, 160-pound male from Hyde Park, and advised him that there was a court order requiring him to go to the hospital. The suspect immediately stated he refused and took a combative stance against the officers. The officers again attempted several times to verbally convince the male to go in the ambulance to the hospital to no avail. The male then began swinging his fists at the officers, but one officer was able to grab the male’s shirt in an attempt to subdue him. A violent struggle ensued during which the male attempted to punch, kick, and bite the four officers while they attempted to handcuff him. The officers were struck multiple times on their heads and upper bodies. The male was then able to pull an 8-inch screw driver from his pocket and attempted to stab three of the officers and the EMT. Although the officers were able to gain control of the weapon, the male began to bite one of the officers about the head. Still unable to handcuff the male, the struggle for the officers continued when the male turned on his back and kicked one of the officers in the chest. He was then able to pull a second screw driver from his pocket and again attempted to stab the officers. Although the male continued to resist, the officers were eventually able to handcuff the male and place him in the ambulance. The male was transported to Mass General Hospital.
One officer sustained serious injuries and several more suffered minor injuries as a result of the struggle.
“I am extremely upset by this incident and the fact that some of my officers were seriously injured as a result of it,” said Police Commissioner William Evans. “But I believe they used a great deal of restraint in their use of force, and I commend their actions and bravery. It goes to show that attempting to handcuff someone who does not want to be handcuffed is not always a pretty process; and sometimes it does take multiple officers and a great deal of force, even when the subject appears to be unarmed and average build, as this male was.
The male will be charged with Mayhem, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Screwdriver), four counts of Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Screwdriver), ABDW (Shod Foot), and three counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.