HYANNIS – The following HN Video highlights one of the many dangers that comes with being a patrol officer on the streets of Hytown.
Early Tuesday morning, a short while after midnight, Barnstable Police patrol officers responded to reports of an argument where a firearm was possibly mentioned. The argument was reportedly happening in the street and in nearby yards…
According to various sources, the first officers on scene encountered a lone male in his mid-thirties who reportedly charged at one of the officers. A Taser was reportedly deployed as the situation escalated to the man fighting with police officers.
As you will hear in the following HN Video, the suspect received some type of laceration during the scuffle. Rescue was called and the suspect was transported to the hospital. You will also hear one of the patrolmen tell dispatch he was also driving himself to Cape Cod Hospital for an evaluation. HN has learned the patrolman’s injuries were considered minor.
The suspect was described as someone suffering from mental health issues. The incident is still under investigation, but the suspect may be looking at charges related to Assault & Battery on a Police Officer.
The following HN Video highlights the scene of the scuffle, and includes some of the call audio… also note, the scuffle has not been linked to any one particular address in the area after all…
HN NOTE: Hyannis has long had a large concentration of individuals suffering from mental health issues. It is not unusual for an initial encounter to suddenly turn violent. And it’s not unusual for officers to be banged up during these violent encounters. It’s a violent job and it takes a special type of individual who can switch gears from being calm and friendly to fighting off an enraged attacker. The following HN Video highlights what can be considered a “routine” call in Hytown. And it’s not at all unusual for the same patrol officers to later encounter a once violent individual in a calmer state… and to approach the person who may have lashed out violently in the past with compassion and equanimity, as if it were all “water under the bridge” — I’ve seen good police officers able to switch gears back to being friendly and caring many times. Which is why it takes a special person with a special demeanor to be an outstanding police officer.