Everett Police officer shoots suspect allegedly armed with sword

EVERETT, Mass. — A 911 call brought Everett Police to a home at 37-39 Bucknam Street shortly after midnight Monday morning. Police on scene spotted a 45-year-old man with a sword inside the first-floor apartment.

That man’s fiancé spoke to Boston 25; she asked us not to use her name.

“From what I gather, the police were called for an argument,” she said.

She was home but did not make that 911 call and said the heavy police presence triggered her fiancé. And she added the following about her fiancé:

“He’s a hard-working guy. He’s a great guy. He’s got a heart of gold. He’s my soulmate. We’ve been friends since we were little kids,” she said.

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However, police and the Middlesex County District Attorney said they had reason to be cautious. Police reportedly saw him throw a knife out the window, which he reportedly broke from the inside. Shortly after midnight, he came out armed with a sword raised in the air.

Police tried less than lethal rounds, but they say it had no effect. An Everett officer then shot the suspect. His fiancé said he was hit in the chest.

“They all could have shot him in the leg, the knee, the ankle, but they shot him in the chest,” she said.

Police said the man was treated on site and taken to a local hospital. He is expected to survive. One Everett officer was also transported to an area hospital as a precaution. Middlesex County District Attorney’s office said the investigation is open and ongoing.

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