Type: GENERAL INFORMATION
Subject: Park Street Incident
Date: July 10, 2020
At approximately 11:00 this morning the Adams Police Department arrested a male party on Park Street during an incident that required Park Street to be shut down for a period of time. During this incident officers received a report of a male party that possessed a firearm and wished to do harm to himself and an ex-girlfriend that lives in the immediate area.
In this incident the Adams Police Department received a transfer call from Berkshire County Sheriff Control 911 dispatch center for a call from a female resident who currently has a restraining order against an ex-boyfriend who stated that he was outside of the apartment and was in possession of a firearm stating that; “Either I die or you die today”.
Officers assigned to the day shift, and officers in town working road construction details were dispatched to the scene along with members of the Massachusetts State Police. A call into the Berkshire County Special Response Team was also placed at this time.
Upon arrival, in trying to determine if in fact the male party was outside the residence the male party jumped out of his vehicle and confronted the first officer on scene in a violent struggle. The male party was requesting that officers shoot him and that he wanted to die.
Responding officers observed good samaritans that had gotten out of their vehicle and were attempting to assist the first officers on scene. The male party was eventually placed under arrest after a violent struggle in the middle of the street and transported to Berkshire Medical Center for medical and psychiatric evaluation under police custody.
Police conducted an article search utilizing the department’s K-9 unit and were unable to locate a firearm.
The male party stated that he only wished to die today by suicide by cop and tried anything possible to make this happen by saying the statements he said this morning to his ex-girlfriend.
The male party was later transported to the Berkshire County House of Corrections where he will be held until arraignment in Northern Berkshire District Court for the charges of a violation of a restraining order, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and assault and battery on a police officer.
It should be noted that a similar incident occurred two days ago with the same individual where he possessed a large butcher knife during a domestic disturbance call and asked the responding officers to “shoot him”. During this incident the responding officers were able to de-escalate the situation which resulted in the male party dropping the knife and not coming towards the officers. This male party was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation where he was later released.
This is just one of many examples of absolutely incredible, professional work conducted by the members of the Adams Police Department and other responding agencies. A special thank you to the good samaritans that stopped to assist an officer in need.
Due to the nature of the incident that includes domestic violence no further information will be available.
-Adams Police Department