Police: Armed suspect tried to steal officer’s gun, burn them with aerosol torch


BOSTON, MA – Police say a man armed with a knife and an aerosol can torch injured and spat on two Boston police officers while barricading himself in his apartment over the weekend.  The man also tried to take one officer’s weapon during the ensuing struggle Sunday night.

The officers were in Boston’s Back Bay area conducting a follow-up investigation into a prior incident of domestic violence during which an adult female victim was seriously injured at a residence. 

Officers went to the suspect’s apartment, where the suspect had barricaded himself inside and was threatening to cut himself with a knife, police said.

When police forced their way in, the suspect allegedly created a torch with an aerosol can and lighter to shoot flames at the officers and threatened to burn the building as well.

According to the report, the officers fought with the suspect, who punched and spat at them and grabbed the handle of an officer’s gun before he was arrested.  The man was unable to take the gun and was eventually placed in handcuffs.

However, police say the suspect continued to violently resist arrest before being put in a prisoner transport wagon with the help of numerous other officers.

A Boston police spokesperson stated:

“The suspect then made statements that he intended to burn the officers as well as the building and everyone residing within it.

“As the officers attempted to gain control of the suspect, he grabbed the handle of an officer’s department-issued firearm while repeatedly yelling that he intended to take the weapon and shoot the officers.”

Two officers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The man was charged with domestic assault and battery, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and arson of a dwelling.

The Boston Police Department faced a busy weekend.  On Saturday night, Boston Police responded to the Dorchester area for reports of a shooting where a woman suffered life-threatening injuries. 

At 7:46 p.m., officers responded to 339 Norfolk Street in Dorchester to find a woman at the scene suffering from a serious gunshot wound. She was transported to a local hospital.

Also over the weekend, the Boston Police Fugitive Unit arrested an East Boston suspect who was wanted for assault with intent to murder, stemming from a shooting that happened early Friday.

In the early morning hours of Friday, Boston police responded to a shooting at 54 Parkman Street in the city’s West End section.  Upon arrival, officers found ballistic evidence in the area of Adams Street and Victory Road. Other responding officers learned that a man suffering from gunshot wounds was inside a vehicle traveling on Neponset Avenue toward Gallivan Boulevard. 

The shooting occurred at the intersection of Adams Street and Victory Road, and the victim drove himself to the Parkman Street address.  The man sustained life-threatening injuries.

Then, on Saturday at around 1 p.m., members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit arrested Irwin Garcia, 31, of East Boston.  Garcia was arrested after a warrant was issued by Dorchester District Court for assault with intent to murder.

On Sunday night, Boston police received a call around 7:45 p.m. reporting a shooting at 10 Ellis Street in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

A man was found by police and taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Detective Sergeant John Boyle, a department spokesman, said:

“The victim was in his early 20s and was shot around 7:34 p.m. Sunday. He was found in the area of 25 Hillis Road suffering from a gunshot wound.  He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.”

No arrests have been made and police did not provide any suspect information.  The investigation is continuing.

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A man pulled a fake gun on cops and was fatally shot. A Boston judge has ruled the officers can be sued.

December 12, 2020


BOSTON, MA – Well, we’d like to say you can’t make it up, but it’s 2020 and after all, it is Massachusetts we are talking about.

Earlier this year, we reported on an officer-involved shooting in the Boston suburb of Brookline where police shot and killed Juston Root, 41, after he pulled out a facsimile firearm and pointed it at police outside Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Now a federal judge has ruled that a wrongful death suit against the police can proceed, according to WCVB-5 in Boston.

Police engaged Root in pursuit to a shopping center on Route 9 in Brookline, where traffic camera video showed Root’s car slamming into several vehicles where the pursuit ended.

According to a report filed by the Norfolk District Attorney, a total of 31 shots were fired at Root by six police officers; Root was hit 26 times.

Root’s family, which to our knowledge have no police training, said police were not following protocol.

“It actually blows my mind when I really think about him dying there and how they handled him and the total disregard for life,” said Root’s sister Jennifer. “The total disregard, to seeing what was in front of them. There was no way he was a threat.”

The family says police need better training on dealing with people with mental illness [pointing a facsimile firearm at them we guess].

Investigators from the District Attorney’s office determined the shooting was justified, noting that officers reported seeing Root reach for what appeared to be a gun in his coat. The gun turned out being a BB gun.

The lawsuit names the city of Boston, five Boston police officers and Massachusetts state trooper as defendants.




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