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ARLINGTON (WBZ) ― A Lexington man is charged with attacking a police officer and trying to take his gun during a struggle at a traffic detail in Arlington.

Arlington police say Albert Sweet, 38, rode his bike up to a construction site on Massachusetts Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, jumped off the bike and rushed towards Officer Brandon Kindle.

Sweet was "shouting suicidal and homicidal remarks" when he lunged toward Kindle and tried to take his gun from the officer's holster, according to police.

Sweet was arrested after a violent struggle. He's charged with assault with intent to murder, attempted larceny of a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a police officer.

He was held overnight at Bridgewater State Hospital. He will be arraigned Thursday in Cambridge District Court.
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Flash forward 6 months and this is what could have happened...


Lexington Man Kills Flagman On Detail
ARLINGTON (WBZ) ― A Lexington man is charged with murdering a Flagman during a struggle at a traffic detail in Arlington.

Arlington police say Massive Nutjob, 38, rode his bike up to a construction site on Massachusetts Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, jumped off the bike and rushed towards Flagman Joe Blow.

Nutjob was "shouting suicidal and homicidal remarks" when he lunged toward Blow and choked him to death, according to police.

Nutjob was arrested after a 4 hour manhunt and a violent struggle. He's charged with murder.

He was held overnight at Bridgewater State Hospital. He will be arraigned Thursday in Cambridge District Court.
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A Lexington man allegedly lunged at an Arlington police officer directing traffic yesterday, initiating a life-or-death struggle as he grabbed for the officer's gun while the two wrestled on Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington.
Albert J. Sweet, 38, of 33 Ewell Ave. in Lexington, was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder, attempted larceny of a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a police officer.
Arlington Police Chief Fredrick Ryan said Officer Brandon Kindle was working a traffic detail at a construction site on the 1200 block of Massachusetts Avenue when Sweet approached him on a bicycle. Sweet then jumped off the bicycle and ran towards Kindle shouting homicidal and suicidal remarks. Sweet allegedly grabbed for Kindle's gun and set off a violent struggle in the street.
"It's abundantly clear that his intent was to kill himself, and anybody else who got in the way of that goal, by taking the officer's firearm," Ryan said.
After Kindle subdued Sweet, he was booked at the Arlington police station and then transported to Bridgewater State Hospital, where he was kept overnight.
Sweet will be arraigned today at Cambridge District Court. Calls to his residence were not returned.
Ryan said his department would ask for Sweet to return to Bridgewater State Hospital for further evaluation.
"Clearly there are mental health issues that the court will factor into his conditions of release," he said.
Ryan said that if Kindle requested counseling the department would provide it, but these occurrences are not as uncommon as one might think.
"This instance was obviously much more violent than most," said Ryan. "It's part of their job. This case highlights the difficult job that local police officers do every day. Just when you think your assignment to direct traffic is a matter of routine, it becomes a life-or-death struggle. In this case, I think the officer did an outstanding job."

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http://www.wickedlocal.com/arlington/news/x702557820/Man-lunges-at-traffic-officer-struggle-ensues
 

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I dunno...
If it had been a flag(person) they could have used the pole to either keep the man at bay or even, heaven forbid, subdue him!

The cop probably provoked him anyway:D
 

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I never heard of someone so instantly sent to Bridgewater!. Must have been one of those people discharged from Bridgewater State Hospital patients. I bet the officer actually had a retention holster on, and probably was carrying handcuffs.
 
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I can just see the coming quotes from Michael Widmer and Samuel Tyler; "Look! One more reason to adopt flagmen....less guns on the street and less officers to provoke the mentally ill!!!" :rolleyes:
 

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I hope that all of those officers who just wear a pancake holster and radio on details read this. Wear the full uniform and bat belt!
 

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Attempted gun grab!

An Arlington police officer was praised yesterday for quick thinking in subduing a man who tried to take his gun from its holster in an apparent suicide attempt.

Police Officer Brandon Kindle, a 12-year veteran of the force, was supervising a construction site on Massachusetts Avenue about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when the man approached on a bicycle, dismounted, and rushed toward the officer, shouting suicidal and homicidal remarks, police said.
"It's abundantly clear in this case that the suspect's intent was to kill himself and anyone else who got in the way of that goal by taking the officer's firearm," Police Chief Frederick Ryan said. "The officer reacted by using his training experience to secure that firearm and prevent his attacker from achieving his goal."
The man, Albert Sweet, was charged with assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. At a hearing yesterday in Cambridge District Court, Judge Severlin Singleton ordered the 38-year-old Lexington man sent to a secure Department of Mental Health facility to have his mental competency assessed. Sweet is known to police and has a history of suicide attempts, police said.
Sweet is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 26, said Jessica Venezia, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney.
Kindle, 44, was supervising the construction site when Sweet came at him, Ryan said. The chief said that the incident shows that no police matter can be considered routine.
"It's part of a police officer's job, but the case illustrates the difficult jobs police officers do every day," Ryan said.
"Just when you think your assignment to direct traffic is a matter of routine, it can quickly become a life or death struggle as it did in this case."
Kindle was not made available for comment. Ryan said the officer is fine, but that the department has offered him support and counseling in accordance with department policy. "This was a traumatic event for the officer, and the department will support him and manage this situation as we move forward," Ryan said.
Bruce Ferg, a Cambridge lawyer representing Sweet, said the case was "an unfortunate situation," but he had no further comment.
Martin Finucane of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Milton Valencia can be reached at [email protected].
 

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I can only imagine what would happen in yellow shirt town. Where they have no cuffs or radios and have pancake holsters.
 
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I can only imagine what would happen in yellow shirt town. Where they have no cuffs or radios and have pancake holsters.
Yes, but with lightweight, cooler shirts and not being weighted down with any police equipment, they can run away really fast!
 
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