Man shot in Pepperell may have second mental evaluation

A Pepperell police cruiser parked in front of 13 Tarbell St., in Pepperell, Thursday afternoon. A source says officers were attacked while serving a warrant and shot a man who was a taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. SUN/Jon Winkler
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PEPPERELL — A 30-year-old Pepperell man who was shot by police after he allegedly charged officers with a knife may undergo a second mental health evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

Christopher Shuttle was scheduled to attend a dangerousness hearing on the assault charges on Friday morning. That hearing was postponed until July 22, during which time the defendant may receive a second evaluation, according to the Ayer District Court clerk’s office.

Shuttle was shot on June 25 at his Tarbell Street home. Officers arrived at the residence at about 11:30 a.m. to serve a warrant of civil commitment, which is issued when a court has evidence that a person’s mental illness makes them a danger to themselves or others.

The defendant had been out on bail in a separate armed robbery case that took place in February.

When Sgt. Nick Parker and Officer Justin Zink entered the home, Shuttle charged at Parker with a “large kitchen knife,” according to a police report released by Ayer District Court. Parker and Shuttle struggled over the knife, according to the report. Zink fired one shot that hit Shuttle.

“Sgt. Parker briefly advised that upon entering the home Shuttle had confronted him with a large kitchen knife,” Sgt. Alan Lussier wrote in a police report. “Sgt. Parker advised Shuttle had charged at him with the knife and as a result Officer Zink had shot Shuttle one time.”

According to the report, a vest worn by Parker had a scratch on it that he believes was from the knife.

Both officers administered first aid after Shuttle was shot, the report states. Shuttle was flown to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The defendant was arraigned via telephone from his hospital bed on June 26, on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer.

During the arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Daniel Harren requested that Shuttle’s bail be revoked in the February armed robbery case, and that Shuttle be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.

“They went there to take him to the hospital,” Attorney Ellie Hertzberg, who represented Shuttle, said during the arraignment. “Clearly something went very wrong.”

In the February case, Shuttle is accused of attempting to rob Pepperell Family Pharmacy on Main Street and charging at police with a wooden club.

Judge Margaret Guzman initially ordered Shuttle held without bail as he was treated for his gunshot wound and evaluated to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

Hertzberg was not available for immediate comment on Friday afternoon.