Police: 2 Officers Injured by Knife-Wielding Man

A man accused of attacking two police officers with a knife and leading police on a pursuit in Wilmington, Massachusetts, is due in court Thursday.

Twenty-eight-year-old Seth A. Mather of Maynard was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and malicious destruction of property.

He will be arraigned Thursday in Woburn District Court and is being held pending a bail hearing at the police department.

Seth Mather Wilmington PD
Wilmington Police Department

Police in Wilmington say they were called to the train station at around 3:39 p.m. after there were reports of an agitated unknown man with a knife. When police arrived, they found two people locked in their cars, reporting that the man approached them with the knife and began yelling. When they locked themselves in their car, the suspect, who was later identified as Mather, allegedly slashed their tires and ran away.

Wilmington police say the officers quickly found Mather, who had ran toward an elevated railroad platform and jumped off. Mather allegedly then attacked Officers Chalifour and Martigetti, leading to a 25-minute standoff with authorities as they tried to subdue him.

Authorities say an off-duty Concord police officer who was in the area helped the situation when he used a taser to subdue Mather. Police say they tried to use pepper spray and 40mm "sponge rounds" to subdue Mather, but it had no effect as he continue to yelling and be aggressive with them. However, police say a Wilmington police officer, identified as 28-year veteran Officer Paul Chalifour, was seriously cut when he tried to remove the knife from Mather's hands.

Officer Chalifour was treated at a Boston hospital for his injuries.

Meanwhile, Officer Louis Martigetti fell from an icy train platform as police pursued Mather, but continued his pursuit despite his injuries, according to Wilmington police.

Police say they're still investigating.

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