EASTHAM – A Hyannis/Cape area man with a recent history of attacking cops, while also drawing the attention of the ATF and Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, has allegedly run afoul of the law again. This time he’s accused of striking an Eastham cop in the face and being in possession of an explosive device.
According to an Eastham PD media statement:
“On Saturday, November 27, 2021, at approximately 12:50pm, Officer Gregory Plante located an individual on foot in the Town Center Plaza Parking Lot, known to him as Mr. Dorian Firth. Officer Plante was in possession of a trespass notice that needed to be served to Mr. Firth, barring him from a nearby property in Eastham. Officer Plante exited his cruiser and initiated conversation with Mr. Firth. Mr. Firth instantly became uncooperative, agitated, and aggressive towards Officer Plante. Mr. Firth refused to produce identification or give his name so that Officer Plante could confirm his identity. Officer Plante radioed for backup to respond to his location. Officer Plante continued the conversation attempting to deescalate the situation and backpedaled away from Mr. Firth, attempting to avoid a physical confrontation. During this conversation, Mr. Firth became assaultive and struck Officer Plante in the face, producing minor injuries. A physical altercation ensued and Officer Plante, with the assistance of a nearby Good Samaritan, and Sergeant Mark Haley who arrived on scene as backup, was able to place Mr. Firth under arrest for the assault on Officer Plante. Mr. Firth was sprayed with pepper spray during the altercation. The Wellfleet and Orleans Police Departments also responded as backup. Mr. Firth was then transported to the Eastham Police Facility for booking.
During the booking process, Mr. Firth’s possessions, including a backpack, were searched for inventory and safety purposes. Located inside the backpack was a quantity of a powdery substance, wires, and other items consistent with the construction of explosive devices. The backpack and its contents were immediately removed from the building and both the Eastham Fire Department and Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad were notified. The Eastham Fire Department assisted with securing the area around the backpack while the MA State Police Bomb Squad responded. Once on scene, the MA State Police Bomb Squad confirmed that the items located were consistent with the manufacturing of explosive devices and that the items needed to be control detonated to make them safe.
The items were transported by the MA State Police Bomb Squad to the Eastham Department of Public Works facility where they could be control detonated in a safe, sand pit area. The Eastham Police and Fire Departments assisted with securing the area to ensure safety for the public. The Eastham Fire Department then stood by with an engine, and the Orleans Fire Department with an ambulance, for safety precautions. At approximately 5:45pm the items were control detonated without incident.”
Mr. Firth reportedly remained in custody at the Eastham Police Facility this weekend. His bail had been set at $2000. He was expected to be arraigned at the Orleans District Court House this morning – Monday, November 29, 2021 – on charges stemming from the alleged assault on Officer Plante, as well as additional charges regarding the alleged possession of the explosive device. The investigation is said ongoing and additional charges may be filed.
Officer Plante suffered minor injuries and continued working his shift, EPD confirmed in their statement.
Firth is no stranger to bomb squad investigations and violence toward police:
In December of 2018, Firth pleaded guilty to strangling one Barnstable Cop and battering another. Firth was sentenced to two years in jail for both offenses, with 90 days deemed already served, and the balance to be “suspended…” CLICK HERE to read HN’s coverage, entitled, “DISTRICT COURT: 38-year-old Marstons Mills male pleads guilty to strangling Barnstable Police Officer…”
This past April, 2021, Firth was charged once again after police responded to a Hyannis group home for a report he had made explosives and stored them underneath his bed. CLICK HERE to read and see HN’s coverage, entitled, “*** WATCH *** SUSPECT CHARGED: Report that group home client made explosives and stored them under his bed… state police bomb squad and ATF called in…“
* All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law…
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