Witnesses help officer during violent struggle with suspect in Brighton

Two witnesses helped a Boston police officer Tuesday evening after he became involved in a fight with a combative suspect in Brighton, police said in a statement Wednesday.

Around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, an officer responded to The Skating Club of Boston at 1240 Soldiers Field Road for a report of a suspicious person.

Witnesses told the officer that the suspect, later identified as Patrick Lowry, 45, of Belmont, was drinking alcohol from an open container and was seen urinating in front of several families coming and going from the rink, according to the statement.

After approaching Lowry, who appeared to be homeless, and offering him a ride to a shelter, the officer asked him to empty the nearly-full can of beer he was drinking from and throw it away, police said.

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Lowry then allegedly threw the can at the officer, hitting him on the head above his left eye. The suspect then charged at the officer and grabbed him, resulting in both men falling to the ground and the officer hitting his head, according to police.

A fight followed, during which Lowry allegedly punched and kicked the officer multiple times. The suspect also tried to remove the officer’s gun from his holster several times, police said. The officer was able to keep his weapon but lost his radio, preventing him from calling for help.

Police said several witnesses then called 911 and two witnesses came to the officer’s aid, trying to physically subdue Lowry until back-up arrived on scene, according to police.

The suspect was placed into custody and then taken to a local hospital for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries before being released and booked, police said. The officer was also taken to a local hospital for treatment of head, neck, and back injuries. He was later released and is now recovering, according to the statement.

Lowry is expected to appear in Brighton District Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a police officer, resisting arrest, open and gross lewdness, and drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

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