Leominster Police Officer Stabbed; Suspect in Custody

The investigation is ongoing

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A Leominster police officer was stabbed while trying to take a person into custody after what started as a well-being check escalated to violence on Monday morning.

According to Leominster police, police were first called in by a private medical company, which reported that an employee had been attacked at a home on Water Street. Police were asked to do a well-being check.

When officers arrived family let them in but the subject, 30-year-old Andrea Alexis, barricaded themself in a bedroom. Police said officers tried to de-escalate the situation, but eventually decided to go into the room. When they entered, Alexis struggled with officers, who were trying to put Alexis in handcuffs, and stabbed one of them, Officer Matthew Chagnon, in the thigh.

Officers then used a Taser to subdue Alexis, who was taken into custody. Chagnon was taken to Leominster Hospital for treatment.

Alexis was charged with assault and battery on a police officer causing serious bodily injury, attempted murder and other charges.

Police said the officers tried multiple ways to de-escalate the situation, including trying to call in outside clinicians, before they entered the room.

The investigation is ongoing.

No other details were immediately available.

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