State Troopers Wrestle Man With Gun in Lawrence Who Tried to Draw on Them

By: Tom Duggan – 6-19-17

PHOTO: Tom Duggan (c) The Valley Patriot, 2017

PHOTO: Tom Duggan (c) The Valley Patriot, 2017

Massachusetts State Troopers patrolling the City of Lawrence late Sunday night pulled over a van on the lower end of Essex St. near the Aqua Nightclub. 

Massachusetts Troopers ordered a man out of the vehicle and began to do a pat and frisk, when the man, armed with a handgun, assaulted and tried to draw his weapon on troopers, fighting initially with two troopers, and within seconds, a third trooper assisted.

PHOTO: Tom Duggan (c) Copyright The Valley Patriot

PHOTO: Tom Duggan (c) Copyright The Valley Patriot

State Police were able to wrestle the man to the ground deploying a taser to avoid using deadly force.

One trooper called for assistance when the man tried to draw his weapon during the scuffle, but were able to gain control of suspect while dealing with an unruly, and hostile crowd of patrons leaving the various nightclubs near last call.

The man was charged with multiple assaults, assault and battery on police officers, and weapons charges. Valley Patriot sources say the man has a lengthy criminal record. 



Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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23 Responses to State Troopers Wrestle Man With Gun in Lawrence Who Tried to Draw on Them

  1. Scott Punk Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 3:59 AM

    Meanwhile the rest of Lawrence is left without police patrols while they focus around the clubs. It is time to shut the clubs down a few hours earlier

  2. Dvette Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 4:51 AM

    i aree scott im from lawrence and lawrence is getting out of hand i think its time to shut the clubs for a bit or the hrs i agree

  3. Felicita Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 5:42 AM

    A city with too much club is just plain trouble they need to be shut down. That city has change so much is a shame.

  4. Nitzy Gonzalez Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 6:43 AM

    There are way too many clubs in a small City that’s only 7 square miles long we need to get rid of the majority of these clubs a handful is fine when you have a dozen clubs and a small City we have corners we don’t have borrows it’s ridiculous

  5. Chester anderson Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    I believe that if any incident violence or gun related or bars within the four block radius should be shutto police themselves down for two weeks this way it will force the bars to police themselves and each time there is an incident this shit down even longer

  6. Carmen Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    And they said lawrence is poor city when all the clubs are full by people they live by the goverment…..

    • Jessenia Reply

      June 19, 2017 at 1:11 PM

      Yes carmen so true! There’s no way a normal person who works between 40 to 60 hours all week with a rent of more than 1,000 will be in a club every weekend when he or she has bills to pay too. There’s females that pay less than 100 of rent. ) and club from thursday to Sunday. Instead of taking advantage of the goverment help to go to school do something productive to stop recieving governent help. It becomes a life style. Thats why Lawrence is how it is. People know what the city is turning too and refuse to better them selves. Or cooperate to make the city a lil better.

      • Lisa Mills Reply

        June 19, 2017 at 8:39 PM

        I agree. 25 years ago I was a single Mom on welfare got through 4 years of college in 3 years and now I make 85k on my first job and $100 an hour consulting on the side.

  7. jack Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Many here are talking about how many clubs there are. It is not only that but the amount of liquor stores as well. Some neighborhoods are full of them.

  8. david croteau Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    i agree, but then the apts will be turned into unground nightclubs
    its all around you already

  9. Adamarie Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    The clubs have nothing to do with the violence in my city; they are a non factor it’s the people that make the city bad. I hate when people shit on Lawrence on a daily like if the city makes people bad- UHM NO there are shitty people in this city remove them. Liquor stores and clubs have nothing to do with gangs and the violence and the misconduct it’s the people.

  10. Georgi Rodriguez Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Bullshit here are good cops not using deadly force on a idiot and the people act like idiots close the clubs down is a good idea

  11. Nunya Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    I couldn’t of said it better Georgi!

  12. John Tomaselli Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Lawrence has always had a lot of Clubs but Nothing Like Now.
    Lawrence is a Different City on Weekends.
    it is packed with people,Bumber to Bumper Traffic.
    Street Closings when they are let out.
    Not to mention staying open well after clubs are supposed to close.
    Line to get in out door at Midnight and beyond.

  13. Carmen Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 10:29 PM

    I agree that multiple incidents happens at or near clubs. This one wasn’t related to a club. The guy in the minivan was driving towards the patrol car and cut them off and made an U turn and parked behind a car. There was a club nearby but the guy wasn’t there.

  14. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 10:41 PM

    great discussion on this thread

  15. Richard Reply

    June 20, 2017 at 5:11 AM

    There is obliviously way too many clubs in such a small city. In my opinion clubs should only operate from Thursday thru Sunday and no later than 1am.

  16. Mary Willard Reply

    June 20, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Well, if you can read, it does state, that “… State Troopers
    patrolling the city … ” not, in fact & truth, city police officers!
    Yes, I must concur, our city needs more patrolling. Where or when an incident occurs is not relevant, more importantly is how this high-tension, danger to all immediately involved, not to mention the unsuspecting, uninvolved public…
    was assessed, engaged and subdued by the responding Troopers.
    This certainly could have escalated to a fatal end, yet was controlled by the
    excellent scenario specific training these Troopers have to draw upon, the teamwork from the initial two and then the additional Troopers, was methodically, purposefully safely managed.

  17. Juan Luis Perez Reply

    June 20, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    Lamentablemente la raza dominicana ha dañado a Lawrence, han traído su estilo de vida tercer mundista para acá.

  18. Juan Luis Perez Reply

    June 20, 2017 at 8:03 PM

    Unfortunately the Dominican race has damaged Lawrence, they have brought their third world-wide lifestyle here.

    • Luis Reply

      June 23, 2017 at 10:53 PM

      You are a clown. First of all Dominican is not a race. Second of all, I can talk bad about what Puerto Ricans do in Lawrence, but you are probably too mediocre to understand that there are bad people in every race. Third of all, how dobyou know that every criminal in Lawrence is a Dominican? Fourth, I had a soda in the fridge at work and guess who stole it…. A darn Puerto Rican…

  19. movink2001 Reply

    June 26, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    well im late to the party by yes all races have good and bad but Lawrence is special it seems that the bad out number the good in any race in that city being a Lawrence native for more than 38 years and finally had to move on because I could not stand to see the disaster it has become what if people like you Luis and yes you too Juan start turning in those you see committing crimes I lived on the south side most of my life and we watched our street all the homes around us and would call the police weather they showed up or not maybe just maybe knowing the language you 2 would be able to point the cops in the right direction for your neighborhoods instead of pointing fingers at each other

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