Off-Duty Officer In Right Place at Right Time
Boston Globe via YellowBrix
June 29, 2011
BOSTON – A Boston police detective has been credited with thwarting an armed convenience store robbery in Dedham.
Detective Michael Kane had just driven away from the Tedeschi’s Market on Cedar Street with his wife, a newspaper, and a few scratch tickets about 8:30 p.m. Monday when he noticed a suspicious man casing the store.
“I drove across this little square, and I saw this guy, and I said to my wife, ‘Look at him,’ ’’ Kane said.
“He had gloves on and a sweat shirt . . . you couldn’t see his face’’
Kane had his wife call 911, and he parked his car to watch the man. The detective’s intention, he said, was to observe, but that changed when the suspect went into the store, drew a knife on the clerk, and started taking cash.
“I carry off duty. I carry a .38,’’ Kane said. “I pulled it out, opened the door, and he came right toward me, surprised. I yelled at him, told him I was an off-duty police officer. He got down, and I flipped him over on his stomach.’’
Kane had the clerk call 911 again to tell police the man with the gun was not the suspect. Dedham police arrived soon after.
The suspect, Sean Ryan-Fallon, 23, of Boston, was arrested and charged with armed robbery. Dedham police are looking for a second man, who may have been an accomplice.
For Denise “Mitzi’’ Kane, it was the first time in his 23 years on the force that she had seen her husband make an arrest. She was proud.
“It’s funny,’’ she said. “My heart should have been pounding and racing, but it wasn’t. I knew his instincts would kick in.
“I didn’t notice it. He instantly turned around and knew something was up. I was proud of him. He never hesitated, he just reacted.’’
The Kanes are natives of Dedham.
Dedham police issued a statement saying the department was “grateful for the heroic actions of the off-duty Boston police officer.’’
Kane, whose brother, Richard, is police chief in Exeter, N.H., brushed off such talk.
“I didn’t do anything really special,’’ Kane said.
“I did it out of uniform. That was the only thing different. I had the ability to take him right where he was, where he wasn’t going to hurt anyone else. If this was on duty, it wouldn’t have been a big deal.’’
Said Officer Eddy Chrispin, a Boston police spokesman: “This is a classic case that demonstrates that police officers are never fully off duty.’’