A cop stabbed while breaking up a fight is recovering after police say he was injured Sunday by an 11-year-old boy
By Antonio Planas
LOWELL, Mass. — A cop stabbed while breaking up a fight is recovering
after police say he was injured Sunday by an 11-year-old boy who lunged
at another boy with a knife.
Police Capt. Tim Crowley said the incident occurred shortly before 5
p.m. on Read Street when an officer was patrolling and saw a disturbance
involving juveniles. The officer got out of his car and prevented a boy
from stabbing another, cops said.
“Shortly after he got out of the car, this 11-year-old came out of
the house holding a knife over his head going after one of the kids on
the street. He was charging at another kid, so the officer intercepted
the boy and ended up getting cut twice on the arm, once on the finger
and once on the outside of his arm with the knife,” Crowley said. “It’s
very rare that you see a child this young involved in this kind of
violent incident. ... God knows what would have happened if the officer
The boy was charged in juvenile court for assault and battery with a
dangerous weapon and assault on a police officer. Crowley said the
officer was released from the hospital Sunday night after receiving
“We’re just thankful the officer will be alright and he hopefully will be back on duty soon.”
But the boy’s mother told the Herald the incident was a “big
misunderstanding.” Her name and her son’s name are being withheld
because he is a juvenile.
“He threw my son down, that’s how that happened. My son would never
stab an officer,” she said. “The officer knew it was not intentional.”
The woman said her son was released on personal recognizance. She
identified her son, who was at the home, as the child involved.
The 35-year-old woman said she called police when several boys tried
to fight with her son over a bicycle. One teen boy even went into her
home. The woman said she called police.
She acknowledged her son took a knife from their home — about 6
inches long — and charged at another boy who she claimed had threatened
her family. She said she tried to restrain her son, and that’s when the
officer took him to the ground.
The woman also claimed she was knocked to the floor by an officer
when police searched her apartment without her permission. She is
contemplating a lawsuit, she said.
Crowley defended his department.
“We stand by the officer’s report about the incident. It is clear he
was cut prior to taking the boy to the ground in a struggle over control
of the knife. The investigation into the incident is not complete, but
we have not heard of a complaint being filed by the mother.
“The officer was on the scene with the child and the mother prior to
the attack, yet in the presence of the officer trying to discern what
occurred and calm the parties involved, the child chose to go after
another child with a knife in his hand.”
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