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Perp Dead After Struggle For Officer's Gun

Perp Dead After Struggle For Officer's Gun

Lynn police investigate a shooting that left a man dead after he allegedly attacked a Lynn police officer, grabbed the officer’s gun and then shot himself. [Mark Garfinkel/AP)

Associated Press

October 08, 2010

LYNN, Mass. — A man in eastern Massachusetts attacked a police officer, then grabbed the officer’s gun and fatally shot himself in front of the city hall, police said.

Police spokesman Lt. William Sharpe said that at about 10 a.m., the young man, whose identity was not released, approached the Lynn police officer from behind while he was on a work detail and attacked him unprovoked.

“We don’t believe he made any statements to the officer prior to the attack,” Sharpe said.

A nearby utility worker intervened and while the three struggled, the suspect got hold of the officer’s gun and shot himself, Sharpe said.

Patrolman Patrick McGuire received cuts and bruises during the scuffle and was treated at a local hospital, authorities said.

McGuire, a 16-year veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, said Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney’s office.

Lynn is about 10 miles north of Boston.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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    NewYork911

    over 3 years ago

    1672 Comments

    Glad the Officer is ok and the perp only shot himself and no one else.

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    41146 Comments

    Real glad the Officer is ok.

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    ksphatcop

    over 3 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Glad the guy shot himself and no one else. Could have turned out a lot worse

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23118 Comments

    Mandie. You are sure correct. Worthless as lips on a chicken.

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    grant319

    over 3 years ago

    1208 Comments

    I'm just glad to hear the officer received only minor injuries and thanks to the utility worker for manning up and trying to help.

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    bumperdog831

    over 3 years ago

    264 Comments

    well that couldnt have gone any better thank god. criminal steals gun and kills himself with it without killing anyone innocent.....and the officer gets a 2 week vacation! glad youre okay patrolman =)

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19386 Comments

    St. Michael at work. Thank you.

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    Book_Em_Mandie

    over 3 years ago

    6748 Comments

    I'm with Chief on this one.. Few fries short of a happy meal..

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23118 Comments

    Obviously this person did not have all his hooks in the water.

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    shaun741

    over 3 years ago

    2758 Comments

    Nobody innocent got badly injured but a lucky escape for all

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    Canival9885

    over 3 years ago

    380 Comments

    Could have been worst, could have turned the gun on the officer and the construction worker.

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    DestructoJr

    over 3 years ago

    76 Comments

    never let your guard down...

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    SgtCop

    over 3 years ago

    44 Comments

    Who uses the term "perp" anymore? I thought that went out with VHS.

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    darsavmo

    over 3 years ago

    11344 Comments

    Glad the officer is OK and glad the perp saved the city the cost of a trial...

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    revcarey70

    over 3 years ago

    234 Comments

    Weapon retention is extremely important. I'm thankful that the officer was not hurt. Many police fatalities occur when the officer gets shot by his/her own weapon. This is a reminder to all of us to always be aware of our surroundings and keep those weapons secure!

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