Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas today applauded one of his patrol officers for using "remarkable restraint" when the officer chose not to return fire after he was shot at by an armed robbery suspect this weekend near Harvard Square.
Police also released the name of the officer who ran after the armed suspect and arrested him after he fell down a flight of stairs. He was identified as Officer Timothy Lawton, who joined the Cambridge force in 2008 after first working for the Wellesley police department.
"Given that the officer was exposed to an extremely dangerous situation where he was fired upon by the suspect, I believe the officer showed remarkable restraint by not using his firearm and being able to subdue the suspect and place him under arrest without further incident,'' Haas said in a statement.
Haas was reacting to the arrest early Saturday morning of 21-year-old Kai Robert Kruger, a Cambridge resident. Kruger is scheduled to be arraigned today in Cambridge District Court on 12 charges, including armed assault with intent to murder Lawton and the armed robbery of three Harvard College students.
According to police, Lawton was patrolling on Brattle Street near Harvard Square around 2 a.m. Saturday when he saw four men acting suspiciously. As he approached them, one man broke away, ran across Brattle Street and into a construction area.
Lawton turned the corner and allegedly saw Kruger stop, turn in the direction of Lawton and fire one shot at him, police said. The shot missed Lawton, who pulled out his service weapon and ran towards where he last saw Kruger standing, police said.
Lawton discovered that Kruger had fallen down a stairwell. He disarmed Kruger and placed him under arrest, police said.
Kruger was allegedly armed with a .22 caliber pistol. The standard firearm for Cambridge police is a .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol, police said.
Cambridge police said they are investigating whether Kruger is responsible for other crimes in Cambridge. Harvard University police are investigating any and all possibilities for the armed robbery last Thursday inside Harvard Yard. No one has yet been charged in the Harvard Yard incident.
According to police, Kruger has been arrested for property crimes in the past. The Cambridge Chronicle reported in 2008 that Kruger bragged to detectives after they arrested him for breaking into an Cambridge apartment.
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