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Boston PD Officer Attacked At Police Station Front Desk

Boston, MA – A rookie Boston police officer was attacked while working at the front desk of a district station house on Saturday.

The incident occurred shortly before 7 p.m. on Feb. 13 in the lobby of District D-4 located on Harrison Avenue, WHDH reported.

The police report said that 56-year-old Edmund Grispi entered the lobby of the police station and told the female officer behind the window that he had just been dropped off by Boston police sergeants and that he needed to use the phone.

The officer left the front desk to get guidance about what to do from a more experienced officer, WHDH reported.

When she got back to the front desk, Grispi launched his attack.

First, he threw a black metal pole at the glass window that separated the police station lobby from the report-writing area, according to WHDH.

The pole shattered the glass.

Then Grispi launched himself at the officer head-first, through broken window, WHDH reported.

“He has a gun, he’s right behind me,” he yelled as he landed, according to the police report.

A witness who watched the man crash through the glass barrier described it as looking like “a child being birthed” the way he shot through, @LiveBoston617 reported.

Officers went to take Grispi into custody and he resisted, WHDH reported.

He was handcuffed after a brief struggle and arrested.

None of the officers were injured in the melee, @LiveBoston617 reported.

The police report said Grispi was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon — stanchion, breaking and entering, and malicious destruction of property, WHDH reported.

Police said the suspect already had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from Plymouth Superior Court at the time of the precinct incident.

Grispi was wanted for operating under the influence of drugs — fourth offense, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license for OUI, and possession of Class B narcotics, WHDH reported.

The Boston Police Department has not yet replaced the glass protective barriers in its station houses or police vehicles with reinforced glass or any other protective measure as many other police departments have done, according to @LiveBoston617.

As of Sunday night, the glass hadn’t been repaired at the D-4 station house and the doors remained zip-tied closed to the public.

The officer whom Grispi attacked graduated from the police academy in the summer of 2020, @LiveBoston617 reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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