A man who allegedly swung a large kitchen knife at a Norwalk police officer Tuesday was tasered and taken into custody. Police identified the assailant as Stanley Mulvey, 52, who has no known address. He was taken to Norwalk Hospital and held on $1 million bond.
According to police reports, Officers Ronald Palmer and William Matsen were trying to calm Mulvey, who was arguing with a former girlfriend over items in a storage locker, when Mulvey swung the knife within a foot of Palmers neck.
The incident took place around 12:30 p.m. when the officers were sent to a report of a disturbance at 80 Fair St. The complainant, Megan McShane, told police that her ex-boyfriend Mulvey was threatening to throw out items she had in a unit they shared at United Storage . McShane, who does not have a vehicle, said she would move the items Wednesday. Police tried to get Mulvey to agree, but he refused and became verbally offensive.
As officers tried to calm Mulvey, he used obscenities and was quoted as saying, "I will go down in a hail of bullets."
The officers continued to talk to Mulvey as he loaded boxes into a jeep. Officer Palmer thought Mulvey was trying to conceal something on the left side of the vehicle. Matsen moved closer, saw the blade and yelled, "Knife! He has a knife." As Matsen took a step back, Mulvey swung at Palmer. Matsen drew his weapon and held it at leg level, as Palmer dodged and unholstered his taser and pointed it at Mulvey. Police said the knife blade was 8 inches long.
Mulvey then pointed the knife blade at his own chest and reportedly said: "Shoot me, I want to die." Meanwhile, Palmer got behind Mulvey and shot him with the taser in his lower back.
Matsen went down, although the officers described him as still being combative. As he fell he dropped the knife. He was handcuffed and taken to Norwalk Hospital. He was charged with attempted murder and assault on a police officer.
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