Two Newton police officers attacked after responding to 911 call

Two Newton police officers are recovering after being assaulted when they responded to a 911 call Saturday night, the city’s police department announced.

Officers responding to a domestic violence call arrived at the Watertown Street apartment building at approximately 10 p.m. Police say the “assaultive, out of control” suspect ran into an apartment and then began to fight the officers.

When police informed the suspect he was under arrest, the alleged assaulter got up on the bed in an attempt to fend off the officers.

Police say the suspect attempted to grab their service weapons and punched two officers in the back of the head during the ensuing scuffle. One officer was temporarily knocked unconscious by one of the blows, according to Newton PD. Eventually, officers were able to subdue the aggressive suspect and place them under arrest.

Even in handcuffs, the suspect struggled to escape the grasp of the police, was able to get his hands on a gun and attempted to remove it.

Both injured officers were transported to Newton Wellesley Hospital for evaluation. The officer that was knocked unconscious sustained a concussion. Both officers have been released and are “sore” but recovering.

The suspect is facing two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, two counts of attempting to disarm an officer and one count of resisting arrest.

Police say the suspect was known to police and has a history with law enforcement officials that includes prior instances of assaults on police officers.

“This incident underscores the danger that police officers face every day. Officers respond to each call and put their lives on the line to protect victims and the community,” the Newton Police Department said in a statement. “Attacks upon police officers will not be tolerated and we look forward to justice for victims and our officers. Our officers are in our thoughts and we wish them a quick recovery.”

The suspect’s name has not been released due to confidentiality law.

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