Shortly after 10 a.m. today, Sergeant James Cruz and Trooper Dustin Shaw from the State Police Barracks in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard responded to a residence in Tisbury, along with local officers, for a report of a distraught and volatile 20-year-old man who was punching out glass windows and yelling loudly.
First officers on-scene observed that the young man was armed with knife. The man, who had already cut himself with shards of broken glass, was threatening to charge at police and attack them with the knife. He also stated he wished to provoke a “suicide by cop.”
The young man then barricaded himself in a second floor room. Troopers and officers also learned that an elderly relative of the man’s was locked in the house with him, not able to leave. Trooper Shaw, along with two other officers, broke a window to enter the residence and located the relative, and led that person from the house to safety.
In addition to the Troopers and local officers from Tisbury, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, members of the Martha’s Vineyard Tactical Response Team and Tisbury Fire and EMS also responded to scene.The young man continuously yelled from the window and made homicidal and suicidal statements, as well as threats to kill police and himself.
MSP Sergeant Cruz entered the residence with tactical officers and located the man in a second story room. The man threw a wrench at the entry team, at which time he was subsequently subdued by use of an electronic control weapon and placed into custody without further incident. He was transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for treatment and evaluation, and will be charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (the wrench).
Sgt. Cruz, Trooper Shaw and the other officers involved in this incident did a superb job to resolve a volatile situation without serious injury to the young man or any first-responders.