Suspect fired flares at dock, stabbed Boston officer with syringe, police say


Police say the suspect threw several objects at them, including uncapped syringes, one of which struck and stabbed an officer.

Boston police arrested a South Boston man on Saturday after he threw flares at the dock at Rowes Wharf. Boston Police Department

Boston police arrested a South Boston man on Saturday night after a bizarre incident in which he allegedly threw syringes at officers and set off flares at a dock.

Boston police said in a news release they were called to the Boston Harbor Hotel on Rowes Wharf around 8 p.m. Saturday to a report of vandalism. The caller said a man fired flares at a dock on the harbor side of the hotel, causing damage to the dock and nearby boats.

Officers reportedly saw the suspect standing on top of a shipping container, lighting flares and shouting threats.

When the suspect, a 35-year-old man from South Boston, saw the officers, he became increasingly agitated and allegedly began throwing various objects at them, including several uncapped syringes, police said.

Officers tried to defuse the situation, but the suspect refused to get out of the shipping container, police said. He then proceeded to stab his arm with a syringe.

Officers responded by climbing onto the container to try to help the suspect down, police said, but he began to attack officers and a struggle ensued.

After the suspect was handcuffed, one of the officers felt severe pain. Police say one of the uncapped syringes thrown by the suspect stabbed the officers.

The suspect was taken into custody and taken to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation, police said. He should be summoned to appear in Boston Municipal Court for assault and battery against a police officer, vandalism, trespassing and disturbing public order.

The injured officer was also taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.


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