Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Quickly Apprehend Barricaded Male Attempting to Ignite Gas Leak in Charlestown


At about 12:10 PM on Friday, April 20, 2018, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a call for an emotionally disturbed person inside 106 Walford Way.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a 57-year-old male had barricaded himself inside an apartment and ripped a gas line from the wall. As officers made entry into the apartment, they observed the male trying to ignite a cigarette lighter inside the room with the gas leak. Officers were able to quickly and tactically enter the residence and, using the less-lethal, Super Sock round shotgun, disarmed the male and placed him into custody. The male was transported by EMS to an area hospital for evaluation, and officers will seek complaints against him for Attempted Arson, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Disorderly Person.

“This was obviously an extremely dangerous incident both for the other residents of the building and for my officers,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “The officers knew they needed to act quickly, and I applaud their restraint in a volatile and unstable situation.”