Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Successfully Apprehend Barricaded Suspect Armed with a Knife


At about 3:38AM, on Saturday, May 16, 2015, several officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) confronted and arrested a violent, armed suspect after a struggle at a group home on Bellevue Street. Initially, officers believed they were responding to a call for a simple altercation but when they arrived on scene, they quickly learned that the suspect, later identified as Moises Calderon, 23, of Dorchester, while armed with a knife, had barricaded himself in a room after violently attacking his wife and her friend. Officers made contact with the suspect who stated that he would not go to jail without a fight and threatened to stab the officers in the neck if they attempted to arrest him. Through a small hole in the locked door, officers could see the suspect aggressively waving the knife in a menacing manner and even cutting himself with the blade while continuing to yell, scream and threaten the officers. Showing and invoking equal parts bravery, restraint and creativity, officers utilized a fire extinguisher to break down the door. With the door breached, officers promptly activated the extinguisher in an effort to distract the suspect while the sergeant on scene discharged less lethal beanbags to strike and stun the suspect. Officers then quickly pounced on the suspect, disarming him and placing him in custody after a violent struggle. The suspect and an officer were transported to local hospitals for minor injuries incurred during the incident. The outstanding efforts of the responding officers most certainly highlight and underscore the heightened level of restraint which resulted in the capture of an armed suspect without having to resort to the use of deadly force.

The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Assault and Battery, Assault and Battery - Domestic, Assault By Means Of A Dangerous Weapon (Knife), Assault By Means Of A Dangerous Weapon (Knife) - Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Breaking And Entering, Malicious Destruction of Property and Strangulation.