LOWELL -- "I have a gun, shoot me. I have a gun, shoot me," the Saugus man begged a Chelmsford police officer on Saturday night.
That man, Edward K. Jones, 40, will be evaluated by mental-health professionals at a state hospital.
Chelmsford Police Sgt. Stephen Fredericks explained in court documents that he was sitting in a police cruiser on Drum Hill Road at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday when a brown Honda Civic pulled alongside.
Fredericks gave the following account:
The female driver had a "concerned look," while the passenger, Jones, jumped out and ran to the cruiser.
The female immediately yelled, "He needs help. He has something in his pocket."
Jones began to yell at Fredericks,
Jones was moving behind the cruiser, and Fredericks called for backup. As Fredericks exited his cruiser, Jones again yelled, "I have a gun,
-- shoot me." Fredericks started to withdraw his firearm, but then Jones came from around the cruiser with his hands up.
"He (Jones) had a wallet in his hands and he was attempting to make it look like he had a firearm," Fredericks wrote in his report.
Even as Fredericks was reholstering his gun, Jones charged at him to get the weapon, the sergeant wrote. As Jones reached for the gun, Fredericks hit Jones' forearm and the two men began to struggle over control of the gun. At one point, Jones let go of the sergeant's firearm and Fredericks pullled out his Taser.
"I am not getting Tased," Jones said. "I give up."
As he was handcuffed, Jones told Fredericks, "Just kill me.
The Civic's driver, Jones' mother, told police that she was trying to drive her son to Lowell General Hospital for a mental-health evaluation. She alleges that her son has been suicidal in the past and has a history of drug abuse, court documents state.
Jones spent the weekend undergoing a mental-health evaluation. Jones pleaded not guilty in Lowell District Court to charges of assault and battery on a police officer and attempt to commit a crime.
Prosecutor James Puritz told Caulo this was a case of attempted "suicide by cop."
"Thankfully, he (Fredericks) didn't shoot him," Puritz said.
Judge Ellen Caulo ordered Jones to undergo further evaluation, noting he is a suicide risk.
Jones' next court date is June 23 for a pretrial conference.
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