"Man accused of biting, choking Milford police officer" by Andy Rosen Globe Staff January 04, 2016
A man bit, choked, and wrapped his legs around an officer who was trying to help him, rendering the officer unconscious, Milford police said.
Argeu Silveira, 25, of Hudson, had reported that a person was chasing him and threatening him with a gun, police said. When Officer Russell Poissant located Silveira on Paula Road, he asked how he could help.
Instead, police say, the encounter quickly descended into a dangerous altercation.
Silveira lunged at a passing vehicle, then allegedly punched Poissant in the throat when the officer tried to stop him. Police say Silveira also gouged at Poissant’s eye and choked him. As Poissant called for help by radio, the suspect allegedly bit his hand.
Officers arriving to assist Poissant found the officer on top of Silveira in the street. Poissant could not access his protective equipment because Silveira had wrapped his legs around the officer’s torso, police said.
Poissant had lost consciousness and was struggling to breathe, police said.
Milford Police Lieutenant James Falvey said the incident demonstrates that officers can face unexpected hazards at any time. The department is thankful that the injuries to Poissant were not more severe.
“He survived an event that could have ended up a lot worse, not only for him but the suspect,” Falvey said. “Thank God that our officers responded very quickly to his aid up there and got him medical help quickly.
Silveira is not a US citizen, and his home country is Brazil, police said. He was arraigned Monday in Milford District Court, and is set to appear again Friday for a dangerousness hearing....
Meaning he was what, illegal, 'er, undocumented?