Freetown Police use Taser on knife-wielding man

By News Staff


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FREETOWN, Mass. (WLNE) – One man was arrested by Freetown Police Wednesday night after threatening police officers and family members with a knife.

Police responded to an East Freetown home around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday for reports of a man threatening family members while wielding a knife.

Officers on scene were met by family members outside who said the suspect, identified as 20-year-old Benjamin P. Richard, claimed to have a gun and threatened to shoot the first officer to enter the home.

The witnesses also said that an elderly woman was still inside the home.

Three Freetown Police officers entered the home and located the Richard in a bedroom. Police said Richard was armed with a 9-inch knife and threatened the officers.

One officer drew his firearm and issued warnings to Benjamin, while another deployed his Taser device and incapacitated Benjamin, who was then arrested.

Richard was transported to a local hospital for treatment and then transported to Bristol County Jail.

He faces the following charges:

  • 3 Counts of Assault with a dangerous weapon
  • Resisting arrest

Freetown Police Chief Carlton E. Abbott, Jr. said the officers “exercised courage and great restraint during this dangerous situation.”

Richard was arraigned Thursday in Fall River District Court.

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