On Monday morning, the man suspected of assaulting two Newton police officers and rendering one of them unconscious will be charged. According to
On Monday morning, the man suspected of assaulting two Newton police officers and rendering one of them unconscious will be charged.
According to Newton Police Chief John Carmichael Jr., the suspect is well-known to the authorities and has a past of battery and assault against law enforcement. He is charged with punching two police officers, knocking one of them unconscious, and trying to take their firearms in this most recent incident.
All of this transpired just after ten o’clock on Saturday. The police stated, a person had been punched in the face during a domestic violence episode at an apartment on Watertown Street. Chief Carmichael reported that the suspect was outside and had retreated into the flat when the police arrived. Police rushed in and attempted to apprehend the culprit. The chief states that is when the suspect struck a cop on the side of the head. Officials say the suspect made at least two attempts to remove the firearms from the cops’ holsters. The victim and two police officers were taken to the hospital and are anticipated to be fine, but according to Chief Carmichael, domestic violence calls can be among the most hazardous for officers to react to.
“This is just a situation that, you know, our officers face every day,” he said. “They go to these types of calls and they’re very unpredictable and very dynamic and I appreciate the work that they do every day when they respond to these calls to keep victims safe and to keep our community safe.”
The mayor also discussed the risks that police officers confront every day, regardless of the nature of the call.
“They arrested this alleged perpetrator in a safe way,” said Ruthanne Fuller, Newton Mayor. “They took the brunt of the violence. I am thinking of the two of them and their families and hoping for a speedy recovery. I couldn’t be more proud of our police department and our officers.”
Body cameras were not worn by officers because the agency has not yet put them into use, although a pilot program is expected to start this summer. The suspect will be arraigned in Newton District Court on Monday morning and is currently facing a number of counts.