Boston Police Successfully De-Escalate and Help Man with Knife Suffering Mental Breakdown

Sunday morning, at approximately 07:00 hours, Boston Police received calls for an emotionally distressed person who had barricaded himself inside with a knife hanging out of the window making a scene in Roxbury.

Upon arrival, the suspect was identified to be one of the known criminals in the area who is currently wearing an ankle bracelet as a result of previous criminal charges. Patrol Officers assigned to District B-2, the Anti-Crime Unit, as well as the sergeant were also called to try and help de-escalate the situation, and Boston EMS was there in case they were needed as well.

After some time spent with the individual, using verbal de-escalation tactics, the suspect gave up and exited the home without the use of force. He was transported to a nearby hospital to be evaluated for what clearly are severe mental health issues. No further information is available at this time.

If you ever find yourself in crisis, or are worried about the safety of a friend or loved one in need of emotional support, please contact the Good Samaritan Helpline at 1-877-870-4673. You can call or text any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The services are free, confidential, and completely anonymous.