Man with knife and spray can accused of injuring 2 Boston officers, spitting at them as he barricaded himself in apartment, police say
Police say a man armed with a knife and spray can set injured people on fire and spit on two Boston cops while barricading himself in his apartment over the weekend, authorities said.
Officers were following an investigation into an earlier domestic violence incident in which a woman was seriously injured in a Boston home when they encountered the suspect around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the city police department.
Investigators were able to speak with the man, who is accused of barricading himself inside the apartment and refusing to surrender, the statement said.
When police tried to force their way into the apartment, authorities said the suspect used a torch made from a lighter and an aerosol can to send flames towards the police.
“The suspect then stated that he intended to burn the police down as well as the building and anyone residing there,” the Boston Police Department said.
Left with no other options, the department said, officers forced open the apartment door to disarm the suspect, during which a violent fight ensued in the man’s dark room.
The suspect is accused of punching and kicking police officers, spitting on them and attempting to grab the hilt of one of their rifles while repeatedly shouting that he was going to take gun and shoot them, officials said.
The man was unable to pick up the gun and he was eventually handcuffed. However, according to police, the suspect continued to violently resist his arrest before being placed in a prisoner transport car with the help of numerous other officers.
Two police officers suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening. They were taken to a local hospital for treatment and have since been released, authorities said.
The police department noted that the suspect, who has not yet been publicly identified, was later admitted to a nearby hospital for assessment.
He will be arraigned at a later date in Boston City Court on an initial charge of assault and battery. The suspect is also expected to be brought to court on four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, four more counts of assault and battery against a police officer and a count of arson, according to the department.