Witnesses say a 45-year-old man was drinking from an open container and had urinated in front of several families at The Skating Club of Boston on Soldiers Field Road Tuesday night before he got into a gun grab fight with an officer.
The officer went up to the man and offered him a ride to a nearby shelter. When the officer asked him to empty a nearly full can of beer, witnesses say the man threw it at the officer, hitting him in the head above his left eye. He then allegedly lunged at the officer and grabbed him.
Both men fell to the ground and the officer hit his head on the pavement. Police say the man then punched and kicked the officer several times and tried to get his gun.
The officer lost his radio in the scuffle, so witnesses called 911. Two other witnesses also helped the officer by restraining the man until more officers arrived.
Frank Borghette was first to come to the officer’s aid. “I went over, I grabbed his arm, flipped it back, and I put my knee on his chest,” Borghette said.
Then, Shabin Shakhawath came over to hold the man’s legs. “And he was saying violent language, racial comments to officers,” Shakhawath told WBZ TV.