At about 6:10 PM on Saturday January 12, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for what was thought to be a breaking and entering in progress at a residential address in the Back Bay. As the officers arrived on scene, a brick was thrown towards their cruisers from a fourth-floor balcony, drawing their attention to a male party who had climbed over the railing and was threatening to let go. Officers quickly made their way up to the fourth floor and were able to successfully bring the victim back inside to safety. The male victim was then transported to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation.
This was the second time in as many days that officers assigned to District D-4 responded to this kind of volatile and emotional call with the potential for a woeful outcome.
At about 7:45 PM the evening before, on Friday January 11, 2019, officers accompanied by a Boston Emergency Services Team (B.E.S.T.) clinician responded to a residence in the South End where a female victim was threatening to throw herself out of her third story bedroom window. As officers approached the bedroom door, they heard the sound of breaking glass and wood coming from inside. They gained entry to the room and observed the victim climbing through the broken window. The officers rushed to the victim and attempted to pull her back to safety as she clutched onto the gutter on the side of the house for leverage. Officers were finally able to restrain the victim at which time she was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The B.E.S.T. Program is run by the Boston Medical Center with the support of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership to provide psychiatric crisis services throughout the city. If you or someone in your family is in crisis, please call 911 or the B.E.S.T. Program’s 24-hour Call Center at 1-800-981-4357 (HELP) for guidance, help and support.