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Malden police shot suspect 'to save their lives'

Posted by Andrew Ryan, Globe Metro Desk  August 4, 2009 03:13 PM

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(Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)

Malden Detective Lieutenant Steve Ruelle inspected the Toyota Camry Monday night with a bullet hole in the windshield.

MALDEN -- Two police officers who "acted to save their lives" pulled their guns last night and fatally shot a man driving a stolen car who had rammed several police cruisers during a traffic stop, authorities said this afternoon at a press conference.

Mark Dwyer (left) and James Calo appeared today in Malden District Court.

Lauding the first officer on the scene for "good police work" in finding the stolen car, Middlesex District Attorney Gerald T. Leone Jr. described how the traffic stop "turned deadly."

Each of the Malden police officers who used their guns fired one bullet, striking the driver, Alexander S. Nesom, 20, in the leg and grazing his shoulder, Leone said. Police pulled over the white Toyota Camry at 7:20 p.m. on Salem Street after a random license plate check revealed that the car had been stolen in Brockton. The first officer on the scene pulled Mark Dwyer, 24, out of the front passenger seat and onto the sidewalk when Nesom tried to escape. [To read a copy of Dwyer's arrest report, click here.]

"The car was rammed into reverse and at a high rate of speed slammed into the arresting police officer's cruiser, which was behind the suspect's motor vehicle," Leone said. The collision knocked the officer to the ground and allowed Dwyer to run away.

At that moment, two more Malden police cruisers arrived on the scene and blocked the path of the stolen car. Nesom slammed his car into drive and hit the Malden police cruiser in front of him, Leone said, and struck a second Malden police officer. To avoid being hit, a third officer jumped onto the hood of a police cruiser.

"It was at this time that those two officers -- the one that had been hit on the driver's side of the suspect's vehicle and the officer that had been sent leaping on the hood of the cruiser -- both opened fire," Leone said. "There were two shots fired. One of those struck the suspect in the leg. One of those grazed the suspect in the shoulder. The suspect died this morning of injuries."

Nesom lived in East Sandwich. Authorities did not release the names of the police officers who fired their weapons. The officers "were pretty dinged up" and were treated and released last night at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, said Malden Police Chief Kenneth Coye.

"Our officers were involved in a very difficult event here," Coye said at the press conference, adding, "Things happened very fast here and I believe they acted to save their lives."

Coye described the officers as "highly decorated" veterans of the force.

Police captured Dwyer early this morning after a massive search. A patrolman found him walking on Eastern Avenue in Malden wearing tan shorts smeared with blood, according to a police report filed today in court. Police were able to identify him quickly because he had the name "Dwyer" tattooed on his forearm, according to the report.

Police arrested a passenger in the backseat of the Camry at the scene last night and identified him as James Calo, 29, of Malden. Calo allegedly had four bags of heroin and needles in his possession when police took him into custody, prosecutors said. [To read a copy of Calo 's arrest report, click here.]

Dwyer and Calo appeared today in Malden District Court and pleaded not guilty to possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Attorneys for both men said that their clients did not know the Camry had been stolen. Calo also pleaded not guilty to possession of a class A substance and was ordered held on $2,500 bail. Dwyer was held on $500 bail.

The shooting remains under investigation by the State Police.

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90 comments so far...
  1. Good guys 1, bad guys 0

    Posted by Brian August 4, 09 11:54 AM
  1. Live by the sword, Die by the sword. My prayers are with this mans family.

    Posted by oldguy August 4, 09 11:59 AM
  1. Good work police. Remove thugs from society - a good thing.

    Posted by cvquirk August 4, 09 12:09 PM
  1. Do you think that the Mayor will finally have something to say? Missing in action last night when his constituents needed to know what was going on. Oh that's right, it didn't happen in his neighborhood.

    I feel bad for the police officers who never intended to kill anyone. It was clearly self defense.

    Posted by fuente August 4, 09 12:12 PM
  1. Hope the police officer is ok. Glad to hear that nobody innocent was injured or killed. Another bad guy off the street....

    Posted by Steve August 4, 09 12:24 PM
  1. Our society has gotten way out of hand. Did the person deserve to die? Clearly the answer is no but the criminals need to understand the consequences of their actions. The police did their job and unforatunatly a person died making their own mistakes!!!!

    Posted by *JusticeJ* August 4, 09 12:26 PM
  1. I feel no remorse for the man who died, stolen car and trying to harm people, in this case police officers. What did he expect to happen? What should the family expect to hear? Everyone thinks they can do whatever without consequences, even if it means losing ones life.

    Posted by Dan August 4, 09 12:27 PM
  1. Another unclear article from the Globe... Outside of the passage about witnesses claiming someone in the car was shot, it is totally unclear as to whether the Malden man killed was an innocent bystander or the the car thief. 17 hours after the event and this is the best they can do?

    Posted by Malden August 4, 09 12:44 PM
  1. Sometimes I wonder whether the police shoot too early in situations like this. In this case, the car was clearly being used as a weapon and a lethal response was appropriate.

    A stupid reaction from the driver who I assume just wanted to get away, hopefully he was the only one injured. I hope this serves as a wake-up call to other troubled youths who view stealing cars as fun.

    Posted by foo August 4, 09 12:45 PM
  1. Some years back on Friend Street, North Station area, a detective was holding a drug suspect at gunpoint through the sunroof of the car suspect was operating, ordering the suspect to stop the car and to surrender. The officer's words were such, "Don't make me do it." The suspect then put his foot on the accelerator. The suspect was then fatally shot by the officer. Dare I say that history has repeated itself.

    Posted by James Meister August 4, 09 12:46 PM
  1. Dead offenders can not become repeat offenders. Good work MPD!

    Posted by Steven August 4, 09 12:48 PM
  1. Malden: the best place to raise children... unless they steal a car.

    Posted by hmmmmmmm August 4, 09 12:49 PM
  1. Great work by the Malden Police. A tough situation to be in and they handled themselves professionally. These 3 officers should be rewarded. It's nice to see that these men and women continue to do things normal men and women wouldn't, even after the 'beatings' they take from this City and State.

    Posted by j mccann August 4, 09 12:51 PM
  1. Ditto to all 4.

    Posted by Janie M. August 4, 09 12:51 PM
  1. My thoughts go to the officers who were forced to do something they never wanted to do because of these idiots. Imagine choosing to die over a stolen car rap.

    Posted by fastcompany August 4, 09 12:54 PM
  1. Can the person who owns the car sue the estate (or family) of the person who was shot to recoup the clean-up costs?

    Posted by boom boom August 4, 09 12:55 PM
  1. My prayers are for the patrolmen and THEIR families. They are the heros who protect us honest, law abiding citizens. I'm glad the scumbags who decided to break the law and then continued to make bad decisions in the process got and will get what is coming to them. Thank you Malden Police! (I agree it would have been nice to see the Mayor take front and center). How about a call to let us know they caught the guy!!

    Posted by Chagga August 4, 09 01:06 PM
  1. Self defense-------absolutely!!!!

    Posted by Sandy August 4, 09 01:08 PM
  1. i bet obama will say, the cops acted stupidly!!

    Posted by zapperz August 4, 09 01:14 PM
  1. hey, let's hope the dead dude was the driver. i cannot really see how the passengers are guilty enough to be executed for just being with the lunatic. Let's have the facts? i mean they do have one of the 3 in jail now.

    Posted by brian crates August 4, 09 01:18 PM
  1. This is just too bad... I kknow this person was at fault and officers were just doing thier job- This kinda of crime is a shame - I wonder how many warrants or criminal background incidents these guys have had in the past.

    Posted by August 4, 09 01:47 PM
  1. i was there and it was a great job by malden pd it couldve been worse the streets are safer now cause these dopes are off it and kodos to melrose and state police for helping to find the last guy

    Posted by mike August 4, 09 01:52 PM
  1. This event occurred right around the corner from our house. For those of you questioning the use of deadly force, please come hang out in my neighborhood some night. See what goes on. There is so very much wrong with what happened last night - from resident notification to the simple fact that this was going to happen; it was only a matter of time. There is too little enforcement, too little admission that things need to change and be cleaned up (by residents and government alike).

    I have no empathy or sympathy for the deceased individual. I have every sympathy for the individual officers who were trying to actually do something in our neighborhood. I only wish that the rest of the unstable, idiot thugs in the area would take notice - but people willing to take such stupid risks generally can't be reasoned with and are more than happy to resort to deadly violence using whatever weapon is handy at the moment.

    Posted by tmn75 August 4, 09 02:00 PM
  1. See how brazen criminals are? They show no respect to stop for a Police Officer or for the life of Police Officers - Can you imagine how these thieves would RESPECT YOU OR YOUR LIFE OR YOUR FAMILIY'S LIFE - NOT! Wake up PEOPLE!

    Posted by Sybil August 4, 09 02:03 PM
  1. I heard that the criminals in the car shot at the cops first and then started ramming the police cars....These criminals need to be taken off the streets and thrown in jail. Kudos to the Malden Policemen for getting these guys.

    Posted by Sybil August 4, 09 02:13 PM
  1. Assuming the deceased the guy police shot, those certainly do not sound like gunshot wounds to vital areas. What killed him?

    Posted by Dave August 4, 09 02:14 PM
  1. How does someone die from a shot in the leg? Was he not given medical attention soon enough?

    Posted by CEL August 4, 09 02:17 PM
  1. I still praise the police for what they did, but I do have a question. How do you die from a bullet in the leg and a bullet that only grazes a shoulder shoulder?

    Posted by FenwaySpirit August 4, 09 02:28 PM
  1. born and raised in Malden, at this point in my life im not the least bit surprised. these maggots should have seen it comin

    Posted by McGillicuddy August 4, 09 02:33 PM
  1. Hey JusticeJ, to answer your question "did this person deserve to die?" clearly the answer is yes.
    Attempting to run down cops equals you're dead
    Another piece of criminal scum off the streets for good.
    Tax payers also save a bundle for not having to fund his 25 to life stretch.

    Posted by Beetle August 4, 09 02:37 PM
  1. Totally unjustified shooting.
    The police are NOT hero's despite this growing perception since 911, they are public servants......
    Correct police work would have ensured that the keys were out of the ignition immediately upon stopping the car.

    Posted by stop_abuse_of_authority August 4, 09 02:47 PM
  1. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes!

    Posted by John Galt August 4, 09 02:49 PM
  1. Time for the Malden cops to quaffe a few with Obama...

    Posted by Quaffer August 4, 09 02:51 PM
  1. Obviously, we weren't there, so we can only speculate.

    I have little doubt about the account, except I have to laugh at the carefully selected words, like "slammed", "kicked" and "leaping".

    Having been involved in a stupid incident myself when younger, it was amazing and I saw first-hand how they eggarate and select the perfect wording to bolster the seriousness of the situation.

    Posted by Todd Beaulieu August 4, 09 02:52 PM
  1. I wanna know how someone dies from a shot to the leg, and bullet graze to the shoulder. Something dont sound right there. If you look at the pic, the bullet hole in the window is directly where the head of the driver would be! Yes the kids shouldnt put themselves in that position, but thats why you dont try to be a hero, you call backup when there is more than one passenger, so you can secure the driver. Everyone knows that...

    Posted by Anonymous August 4, 09 02:54 PM
  1. Curious as to why there appears to be no rear end damage to the stolen camry that was said to have rammed the patrol car at a high rate of speed? At a high rate of speed you would think it would of folded the trunk a bit.

    Posted by WonderY August 4, 09 02:56 PM
  1. did you people read? Malden comments with questions like who was shot, innocent bystander or the the car thief

    Mark Dwyer, 24, out of the front passenger seat and onto the sidewalk when the driver tried to escape. The car was rammed into reverse and at a high rate of speed slammed into the arresting police officer's cruiser, which was behind the suspect's motor vehicle," Leone said. The collision knocked the officer to the ground and allowed Dwyer to run away. Police captured Dwyer early this morning after a massive search --- so Dwyer wasn't the one who was shot!

    Police arrested a passenger in the backseat of the Camry at the scene last night and identified him as James Calo is 29, of Malden, Caol wasn't either

    that leaves who - the driver, the suspect. suspect slammed his car into drive and hit the Malden police cruiser in front of him, Leone said, and struck a second Malden police officer. To avoid being hit, a third officer jumped onto the hood of a police cruiser.

    "It was at this time that those two officers -- the one that had been hit on the driver's side of the suspect's vehicle and the officer that had been sent leaping on the hood of the cruiser -- both opened fire," Leone said. "There were two shots fired. One of those struck the suspect in the leg. One of those grazed the suspect in the shoulder. The suspect died this morning of injuries

    learn to read before you post!

    Posted by Anonymous August 4, 09 03:00 PM
  1. Note to Mr Dwyer

    If you are going to pursue a life and crime and wish to remain annonymous, do NOT under any circumstances tattos your last name on your arm.

    Nice job Malden cops. Maybe Obama will buy you a beer.

    Posted by Matthew G. August 4, 09 03:05 PM
  1. My heart goes out to the family of the young man. Although he was in the wrong, its too bad the police HAD to shoot. Kids nowadays think that nothing will ever happen to them. I was at the scene afterwards and the MPD did a very good job maintaining the site. I bet those officers feel terrible yet relieved they are still alive.

    Posted by samantha August 4, 09 03:10 PM
  1. Man shot in the leg and grazed in the shoulder and he dies? What am I missing here? Did the shot in the leg rupture a main artery? He "died of injuies"? Did the EMTs accidentally drop him on his head a few times getting him into the ambulance? Did he get in an argument with hospital admissions about his health insurance?

    Posted by BayStateJoe August 4, 09 03:15 PM
  1. Car thieves and heroin dealers. These pieces of garbage aren't worth the cost of the bullet to kill them. God Bless the brave police officers who have to make a terrible decision under the harshest of circumstances. That dope head could have sped off and killed an innocent bystander down the road.

    Posted by RB August 4, 09 03:15 PM
  1. I know police have a job to do, but jeex, lets not act like we were never kids, I'm sure all of you here did something in your life maybe a long time ago that was stupid or wrong, and you would want your life taken becasue of it. yet they committed a crime, but since when does car theft get you the death penalty. Again I am not condoning what the kid did, and he shouldnt have endagered lifes if thats the case, but whats with all the people saying good job, he derseved to die, gimma a break , show some compassion for a young life, and stop acting like your poop dont stink. What has this world come to, where we praise police for shooting people, and say they should get a metal?/ If he was a real hero, he would have comandeered the vehicile while on the hood by sticking in his hand and pulling put the key. Now thats a real superhero. It dont take a hero to shoot down a man without a gun!

    Posted by Anonymous August 4, 09 03:25 PM
  1. It's interesting that the dead guy took a shot to the leg and a graze to the shoulder, but managed to die anyway.... did he bleed out at the scene? Strange.

    Posted by alan August 4, 09 03:28 PM
  1. This story says that the suspect who was killed died of injuries, but it also says the cops only grazed him. So what did he die of? I think you all know where I'm going with belts save lives. Before you try to run over an arresting officer, put on your seat belt, you can't rely on that airbag.

    Posted by question August 4, 09 03:31 PM
  1. Glad it wasn't my car those theives stole - The thieves should compensate the owner of the car.

    Posted by Sybil August 4, 09 03:39 PM
  1. Great work by the Malden PD! Society has suffered no loss when a criminal visits hell.

    Posted by monumentalman August 4, 09 03:48 PM
  1. Why is the bail so low for this type action which could have cost others their lives. Seems to me that this should be a no bail situation. These characters may decide to jump bail and keep on going since surely they will be facing jail time. Haven't heard Obama commending the Malden Police for their fine job and good actions.

    Posted by waterfront August 4, 09 04:20 PM
  1. The person who was shot and later died was 59 years old according to the police report, plenty old enough to be past the type of behavior exhibited last night. It is unfortunate that the cops had to shoot but it seems clear that driver dying was a bit of a fluke so likely a major artery was hit and he lost too much blood, unfortunate, but it isn't as if the cops shot the guy in the middle of the face dozens of times. He was trying to kill them with a vehicle and they had to stop him.

    Posted by Damain August 4, 09 04:21 PM
  1. A couple of years ago Washington Redskins cornerback Sean Taylor was shot in the leg and died the following day after what you can assume were heroic efforts to save him. His femoral artery was hit, and you can bleed to death in minutes from this type of wound, or die as he did several hours later.

    Posted by art August 4, 09 04:26 PM
  1. stop_abuse_of_authority would you like if it was your family member who was the cop that was dragged? Should they have allowed the dirt bag to drag him to his death just so they don't shoot him? Come on, wake up the person who didn't matter in this event died.

    Posted by Anonymous August 4, 09 04:33 PM
  1. #42 - Is this your first day in the world? A 1.5 ton automobile can be used as a weapon. If you find yourself about to be the victim of intentional vehicular assault and you feel the driver's intent is for it to be a vehicular homicide, you are totally justified to protect yourself with whatever means you have handy.
    Are you trying to say that this police officer, who is just a guy trying to do a job which is to protect the Malden community from itself, should have just kept jumping out of the car's way as it tried again and again to either escape or run him over (it wouldn't have been clear which it was) and should have acted calmly and not thought for a second that his life might be in danger? You think you would have just stood there and ordered this guy, who is clearly high as a kite and committing acts no one in their right mind would do, to stop? That's not the behavior of a super-hero, that's the behavior of someone with a deathwish. Maybe you think of superheroes as being invulnerable, but police officers can be injured by heavy moving objects.
    Don't try and say the officer is a coward for using disproportionate force. He did the right thing. Using a car to try and injure/kill a human being, that is a stupid play. And when you make that play, you should know that you are forfeiting your own right to remain living.

    Posted by Don August 4, 09 04:41 PM
  1. Legshot? Femoral Artery. I heard the ambulance take off and rush the guy up to Melrose Wakefield less than a mile away. the shooting took place 100 yards from a firehouse and about 300 yards from a playground and daycare center. This would have been much worse if the dirtbags got loose

    Posted by NBoston40 August 4, 09 05:00 PM
  1. Ok, you people questioning how someone dies from a shot to the leg, have you ever hear of the femoral artery in the leg? Google it and then maybe you'll have the answer to your question on how he died.

    Posted by Not A Doctor August 4, 09 05:02 PM
  1. Why is there any debate here? A car is a lethal weapon.
    Femoral artery. . .the person that stole the car chose to push the envellope. No need to talk about it,

    Posted by David August 4, 09 05:16 PM
  1. What? Now cops can't defend themselves when some idiot tries to run them over? Some of you people talk like he was acting up in class, and needed a time out. Everyone please stop trying to link this to the last thing to cross your mind: the Gates thing was nothing like this. And now conspiracy theories becasue being shot in real life isn't like it is on TV. Work out your mental issues somewhere else.

    Posted by section77 August 4, 09 05:40 PM
  1. "How does someone die from a shot in the leg? Was he not given medical attention soon enough?"

    i) Femoral artery.
    ii) Today's service rounds are rather powerful, have sharp edges and rip a hole larger than the bullet. They are often newer, more powerful versions of the rounds Schumer and Feinstein made such a fuss about (Winchester Black Talon). The purpose of bullets is to do harm, and unfortunately a "good" bullet is necessarily one that is more harmful. The best way to use them is to control a situation so that you don't use them. Third of fourth option, you must kill someone. There's no "shoot them just a little" ... that's TV.

    Seems like the perp was guilty enough, though the official report has a few non-believables in it. "High rate of speed"? The Toyota doesn't even have a cracked taillight.

    Posted by August 4, 09 07:02 PM
  1. Justice was served and these pillars of the community got what they deserved. Look at it this's saving our taxpayer money with one less mook getting free legal service to represent them and their innocent pleas. Just goes to show you what idiots they are...they got caught with bags of heroin but pleading innocent...hmmm...maybe it was santa that left it.

    Posted by the truth August 4, 09 07:13 PM
  1. we live in a police state, the cops are kings, they do what they want, get used to it

    Posted by stanislaw August 4, 09 07:44 PM
  1. Good job, Malden PD! It can't be fun to pull over a suspected stolen car, given that car thieves fight to keep what is "theirs". Good police work.

    Posted by Dave Kapsas August 4, 09 08:53 PM
  1. Hmm..well, if it wasn't malden, i'd be more likely to say the cops were right. but they are renowned in legal circles for being, well, how can we say--a bit unprofessional. if anyone was still doing investigative work (eye team) they'd have a field day with that IA bureau. poor gerry leone (great guy) must have been thrilled to hear it was malden guys also, the detective in the photo is pretty representative. i swear, they are like the antithesis of staties, they are so obese.

    However, i'm going to side with them. it's sad that a young kid, maybe high, threw this life away but i'm not sure they had much fo a choice.

    Posted by james daniels August 4, 09 08:56 PM
  1. I am related to one of the police officers that was hit by that car, and I just thank God that he and the other officers are okay. When you choose to steal a car and then use it as a deadly weapon, what do you expect the police to do? The driver had every chance to surrender, but he chose not to. Is it a shame that anyone was killed in this situation? Yes it is. Thankfully it was not any of the police officers that easily could have been seriously injured or killed. Go Malden Police, you are heroes!!!!

    Posted by anonymous August 4, 09 09:22 PM
  1. I would like to repost a comment I made on the story re: Malden Police losing the $500,000 grant as it also pertains to this story.
    1.The incident that happened in Maplewood last night should highlight what I have noticed over the past few years: we have way too many junkies in this city. We have a serious drug problem here the Mayor is closing his eyes to. Not selling cigarette papers used for rolling joints any more in the convenience stores is not the answer to this problem. The Mayor let it slip we will be re-imbursed from the state to the tune of $12 MILLION for the work the city has already done on the high school. DO NOT keep crying poor mouth and spend the money on cleaning up this city. We need the quality of life here to become a priority for the CITIZENS and not the administration.

    Thank you to the police officers who saved how many people from these scum bags trying to escape and using and selling their drugs here. I feel bad for the family of the dead man as they have probably already cried an ocean of tears for him due to his addiction.

    Posted by Annie O August 4, 09 10:04 PM
  1. Post #42. Speak for yourself. No, I never stole a car when I was a kid nor thought of ramming a police officer. Maybe you did? My parents taught me early that my choices and actions will have consequences. Guess their (and your) parents didn't do their job.
    You may want superheroes for police officers. I don't. I only want them to do their job, which they clearly did and be able to go home to their family. Your movie imagination of what that cop should have done may have gotten the officer killed. Clearly you lack decision making skills.

    Posted by Anonymous August 4, 09 10:04 PM
  1. They sent him to the Melrose-Wakefield: there's no mystery here.

    Posted by linden August 4, 09 10:07 PM
  1. All this went down in seconds. When it's all written down people seem to think the Malden Police was trigger happy, I SAY NOT!!! The Driver of the white car died people because he made a choice back in Brockton on his way to Malden to be a part of this. When he got up that morning he had the free will to hook up with the thugs Dwyer and Calo or not. How the driver/suspect became the driver of this crime will probably determined later, but what is clear he was behind the wheel when he started ramming police officers to the ground. Again, this happen in seconds and it is likely verbal warnings where given so the decision to withdraw the service pistol was justified when innocent, the public or an officer's life is at risk. You can't expect the cops to stand there like light posts. The driver then clearly had the choice to shutdown the engine but he didn't do that. The driver/suspect could of clearly been alive today if he

    1) chose not to hook up with Dwyer and Calo
    2) chose not to be party to grand theft auto
    3) not been the driver and was apart of the Brockton to Malden trip.
    4) he could of peacefully surrender to the officers
    5) he chose to flee without regard to the lives around him.

    People, we have freedom and choices here to do the right thing. This isn't North Korea. In these split second crimes the police cannot afford second guessing with uncooperative suspects who posed a danger to them and possibly the public-at-large as well. To even suggest the police might have acted harshly in any way, when faced with a life or death situation, let's see, you warn them but they seem determined to succeed at running you down, I feel the appropriate response was given. The police could of shot him in the face, but in their moment of crisis chose a potentially less fatal area, but as fate would have it the suspect/driver dies anyway. I do feel bad for the driver/suspect who was too stupid to realize that the police was also trying to save his life. If some can run some cops down and use the car as a weapon who else would these thugs might of hurt?

    Posted by Joe Miller August 4, 09 10:52 PM
  1. Negligent homicide or murder by the police. Although they were well within their rights to shoot the guy-- a car is a deadly weapon-- how did the guy die from a GSW to the leg and a grazed shoulder? At best the police didn't hurry with medical attention, letting a man die; at worst, they purposely denied him the care that would have let him live to go to court.

    Don't trust the police.

    Posted by anonymous August 4, 09 10:56 PM
  1. Seems pretty simple- One group of drug thugs tried to push the envelope and one paid with his life the others will do some time. The cops are not "heros", but guys who had to do a job most of us would never want to do. If you want to criticize the police force , go work for their wages to deal with wacked out junkies every day and night for the benefit of total strangers like you armchair philosophers who are more safe today than you were yesterday because of them.

    Posted by Antuare August 4, 09 11:24 PM
  1. I lived in Malden my whole life and this is what happens here. The city is overrun with deliquents and criminals. I would move if I had the money but a Malden H.S. diploma aint worth much outside of Malden.

    Posted by Greg K August 4, 09 11:34 PM
  1. For those people who think there is some kind of conspiracy surrounding the death of the suspect because of a wound to the leg, go to Google and look for a picture of the circulatory system. The legs contain the femoral arteries, which are the second largest arteries next to the aorta, as well as the femoral veins. If you get shot there, you are dead in minutes.

    I am just wondering why the cops didn't shoot the other two scumbags.

    Posted by darwinawards August 4, 09 11:53 PM
  1. One of the officers involved is my younger brother. I, too, am a cop with 30 years experience. He is a father of three children, husband to a loving wife of many years, a brother to nine other siblings, a caring son of a mother who raised him to serve the public and a respected neighbor in the city he's sworn to protect. And protect he did with the other two officers involved. He and I talk about police work, the dangers and risks and the hopes that we will never have to make such a fatal decision, but are prepared to do so and to live with the choice. He is a man of rock-solid judgement and commitment to all that is right in our society. He loves his job and what he can do for mankind in his calling to public service. He is a highly decorated officer. The men who tried to take his life and his bretheren are the opposite of all I
    have said here. Bro, you are going home tonight which is rule one. You protected your city from people who would try to kill cops, one can only imagine the danger they pose(d) to the citizenry. You covered the backs of your fellow officers. You showed that you are willing to make the ulitimate sacrifice. You are a hero. God in with the three of you.

    Posted by wayne August 5, 09 12:23 AM
  1. Annie O - THANK YOU. Yes. You've hit it on the head. We're so tired of it.

    I can't say it enough - the police did the right thing Monday night. But part of me asks why we can't get that same level of dedication and response when we, the citizens, call for help.

    Posted by tmn75 August 5, 09 07:25 AM
  1. 2 points to ponder...
    1. The cop has a split second to decide what the Supreme Court has years to comment on
    2. Just imagine if the suspects were "other than caucasion"

    Posted by Gregg August 5, 09 09:14 AM
  1. The police officers involved here are HEROS, protecting the citizens from violent criminals, and yes they sometimes have to use deadly force. If the officers were TRYING to kill the driver, I am sure the shot would have been to the head.
    To all those naysayers who think the cops used excessive force "Judge not, lest ye be judged". You were NOT there. You were NOT the ones who were trying to protect yourselves from some whack job trying to run you over with a stolen car.
    The way I see it, the police DID use restraint by NOT aiming for his head, because if I were in that predicament, I might have chosen a head shot, but after all, I don't really know having never been in that type of situation myself.
    Remember, gun control means use both hands!!
    Fight Crime....Shoot Back!!

    Posted by Dan'l August 5, 09 09:43 AM
  1. Continue supporting the police because they need you during times like these.

    But for all of you second guessers:
    Lets think about what some of you posters mentioned. You wanted the officer to ride the moving car like a bull in a rodeo and try to remove the keys right? How about sticking your arm inside the car to remove the keys? There was one officer who was struck by the open passenger door and knocked to the ground. This officer was nearly run over. So now you throw a second officer into the mix and have him knocked to the ground by the drivers door. The end result would have ended up with two officers crushed by a mv.

    Now put yourself in this position. When your child comes downstairs in the morning and asks where dad is. Mom has to tell them that dad was crushed by a car last night and died. These hard working officers know that they leave their familes every morning with a chance they may not return home. Its not everyday that something like this happens, but when your dealing with dirt bags everyday there is a greater chance. Because all you second guessers believe there is always a better way to do things. Give yourself a split second to write your comment and see what you can accomplish. Alot goes through your mind like these officers. These officers acted professionally and were extremely heroic. WE MUST GO HOME TO OUR FAMILIES EVERYNIGHT. Im sure after you hit "save" during your 9-5 your able to go home to the kids.

    Posted by support the police August 5, 09 10:57 AM
  1. tmn75: I have always had great response from the police when I have had to, unfortunately, call upon them to help me and my family. What I am having a problem with is the fact we need them so desperately in this city as our elected officials, especially my Ward 6 councilor, who is more interested in removing graffiti and thinks cameras everywhere are the answer to the crime problem here in our ward. My sons were mugged on their way home from school and even after I contacted him in writing via snail mail and requested a response, I am still waiting to hear what his plans are for reducing crime or even to simply reply. Apparently he only responds to some of the citizens and not all in his ward. The police were fantastic and were there in court for both cases to support me and my sons. The councilor is more interested in citywide issues and the charter school and not cleaning up the crime here in the ward so we only have the police to rely upon after the fact.

    The quality of life in this city is at an all time low. I cannot fix the streets or traffic lights, no matter how hard I try.

    Where are all these junkies living? Have you tried walking into Malden station on any given day and looked around at who is hanging around? A few years ago I had no idea who the junkies were as I didn't have any contact with any. They seemed to live somewhere else. Now I can spot them a mile away and see the same ones over and over hanging at the same spots. The police can only do so much and are there for us when we need them. A huge thank you to all of them and the hard work they do on me and my family's behalf.

    Posted by Annie O August 5, 09 12:26 PM
  1. I agree with cvquirk:
    "Good work, police. Remove thugs from society - a good thing."

    Posted by Reasonable August 5, 09 05:33 PM
  1. You guys are so heartless! I knew Alex very well, and he was a good kid, but don't blame him, it was the drugs. You guys don't know ANYTHING about his life or what he had to deal with so stop judging!

    His family has to deal with enough so please think of his family. Believe me when I say Alex was a good kid. Our small town of Sandwich, MA is so upset right now. Did the idea of a "Taser" never popped into their minds?

    Also, watch COPS. The people who run don't get killed, they get their tires shot out or their engines shot at, looking at the projectory of the bullet, they were not aiming for his leg, but his heart and head. I was not there so I cannot claim to know everything. My prayers and wishes go to The Nesom Family, I'll always be there for you!
    -Dylan Bowen

    Posted by Dylan Bowen August 5, 09 07:53 PM
  1. with the hospatal less than a mile away. a thigh wound and a glased sholder wound the person dies procedures must have been laxed. when u hear our boys in war with worse wounds and many many miles for help survive . not knocking the police or the situation but all bragging rights or a job well done are off as i see it.very cold from all partys i would think.

    Posted by malden August 5, 09 08:45 PM
  1. I researched this whole incident as much as possible. I knew Mr. Calo since kindergarten. One of the nicest people I knew grewing up. Lost a great friend to drugs years back. Seeing him in handcuffs on the news was shocking and saddening. I knew something bad may happen but seeing this is almost surreal. Yes, it is the drugs. They turn great people into villians. Can't blame the drugs when it comes to losing the life of an officer. These officers handled the situation properly. They gave the driver the opportunity to cooperate. The fact that they each only shot once shows that they were only trying to injure him. The fact that 2 officers shot at the same time shows that it was necessary to shoot. I have friends who are cops and I wouldn't want to ever see them vanish. The whole situation is extremely disheartening and is because of drugs. Should it be washed away because these men were on drugs? No, there are always consequenes and unfortunately a young life was lost and two others will be wasted away behind bars. My prayers are with all police officers and everyone's families involved. God Bless.

    Posted by N/A August 5, 09 09:30 PM
  1. First off Dylan your beloved pal tried to kill three police officers. You have obviously never been in any situation like this. So you should SHUT UP. Support the dead junkie that's fine but your tactical approach to how the police should have handled a drugged up nut trying to kill them is crazy and uneducated. Malden cops dont have tazers and this was not where a tazer would be used. Shoot the tires or engine? You are an idiot. Have you ever fired a weapon? Now try and do it with a car trying to crush you. Jerk. I also like the mention of delaying medical attention. What a bunch of uneducated morons. Are you people for real? Go get jobs. Better yet I think a police exam is coming up. With all of the knowledge you have how cops should do their jobs you will be a great addition to the force.

    Posted by Stop the crying August 5, 09 09:57 PM
  1. Alex was just trying to get away, the police officers were nudged by the car door, and by the bumper. The officers probably had minor bruises, they were released from the Hospital the day they went into it, just so they can write that in the police reports to protect their kind. Guns should not have been the response. The car was already surrounded by cruisers and killing a 20 year old shouldn't have been the answer. They could have shot the tires, but instead these "6 year veterans" did the right thing and protected there reputation. Hopefully they will get fired, or jail time.

    Posted by anonymous August 6, 09 02:17 AM
  1. "Stop the Crying",

    I hate to inform you but if you think you are smart because you can insult on the internet you are wrong. Why don't you "shut up" because you weren't there so you have no clue what happened. For all we know he was scared, panicked, and tried to escape, and he didn't mean to hurt the officers.

    What makes someone so much more "special" for wearing a uniform? That is not fair one bit. I may not agree with the actions Alex made, but I think the ending could have been different than this.

    Yes, I have fired a weapon. Please do tell me, how was this not a situation where a tazer could be used? He was shot twice, once on the shoulder and once on the leg. The cop standing on the hood obviously hit his shoulder, so that means the other cop had to open the door to fire at his leg, or the window was open. The second officer could have easily shot a tazer if they had them. If anything positive could come of this it would be the insertion of tazers to the Malden Police Department.

    I find you very funny, trying to prove a point and seem smart while you completely make a fool of yourself because you have no real concept of the situation or how
    Alex really was.

    I am sorry, but you shouldn't bother writing at all because you have no concept of
    who Alex was and what he would do.

    If anyone else wants to reply to me, e-mail me at:

    -Dylan Bowen

    Posted by Dylan Bowen August 6, 09 02:31 AM
  1. Choices...we make them everyday, some make better choices than others. Some wake up to an alarm clock and start thier day, others wake up to the sunlight at 1 in the afternoon.

    Someone made a choice to defend the law and order as outlined in the constitution of the United States...Someone chose to violate those laws, they decided to disobey the written law as well as the verbal commands of those who uphold the law.
    This is not England, you will not hear "STOP!! Or I shall yell stop again!!" You will hear "STOP or I will shoot you!!" But you may only hear it once.

    Criminals please note: When you get stopped/caught in you're trade by John Law, its better to do the jail time and waste away my taxpayer money than it is to catch a bullet for attempting to murder a cop...

    Posted by Cerpas August 6, 09 07:45 AM
  1. I think that the MPD acted in total response to the situation of saving their lives. If they had not acted as such we would have three widows and six children in Malden right now with out fathers! My husband goes to work every day to "serve and protect" the citizens of Malden and I as my children are very proud of the work he does. We know when we kiss him good bye and tell him to be careful, it could be for the last time. He loves his job and although i cant sometimes understand it, even after this, I would never ask him to walk away from it! I know that if anyting every were to happenn to him, he did everyting in his power to prvent it because his family comes first, as most parents will agree. i am happy to say that my husband is healing very well physically, but no one ever should have to take another ones life. That is a wound that will last lost longer than the physical wounds. The bottom line is they did what they had to do to protect themselves from certain death, and possibly the citizens of Malden "up the road" if after that he got away. Myself and my children are very proud of my Officer!

    Posted by Trisha August 6, 09 05:34 PM
  1. I understand the defense of Alex as he was a close friend to many. I read his record and to tell you the truth, it is quite disturbing. Attempting to kill his father with a baseball bat and cruelty to animals. That is beyond drugs. Mr. Calo has a problem with drugs but he did cooperate to the fullest with the police. Also, he never tried to kill a family member and he actually loves animals. The police did their job which is to serve and protect. Alex stole a vehicle, went to get drugs, and then attempted to run over officers. This is after he broke the law many times before with cruel intent. Nobody should have to defend these officers because they did what they were supposed to do, to serve and protect. Nobody should have lost their life but justice was served and their were consequences.

    Posted by N/A August 6, 09 11:45 PM
  1. Looking through the comments, I'm surprised to read what kind of terrible things people are writing. I understand that the police were put in danger, I understand that Alex acted stupidly. I know the family of the person who was killed, and they're good people. How can readers be so heartless to not understand that behind everyone there's a story and a family? "Another scum off the streets", how would you feel if that "scum" was your own flesh and blood, and you read a comment approving of the shooting of your child? The police acted as they should have to try and stop him––he was clearly not in his right mind. They did what they needed to. But don't be so harsh on the three men. You know nothing about them; all you know are the words written on a page.

    Posted by Anonymous August 6, 09 11:59 PM
  1. To Trisha, I think you are right physcial wounds heal more quickly than emotional wounds, and I feel no police officer goes to working thinking they want to kill someone. I also knew Alex, from a young boy, and my heart can only go out to his family, this can not be easy for them, Alex was not born jaded he was a sweet kid, a lesson learned i hope for those close to him, and all following this, Drugs make people do things outside of character, none the less, my family morns the loss of a friend and family, and we also feel how the police officers must feel, can't be an easy road to know you took a life.

    Posted by Sox Fan August 7, 09 06:31 PM
  1. to all the people who have written that it was wrong for the police officers to shoot the suspect who was attempting to run them over: i would love for you to be placed in front of a car, which was fully attempting to kill you, and i would like for you to have a gun in your hand. guarenteed you pull the trigger.

    Posted by amanda August 9, 09 01:28 PM
  1. You people are so heartless, neither of their lives were more valuable. Do you think that the kid who died was inhuman? I know the kid's brother, he had a lot of issues growing up, not an excuse, but show some heart people. The cops did not do a good job, they're supposed to be trained to know how to react in a situation like that, there was no reason to shoot. The kid who died was not right either, of course, but he was human, and so is the rest of his family

    Posted by Gregg August 11, 09 01:27 AM
  1. wow... tons of uneducated people posting. that is what worries me the most.

    Posted by Anonymous September 5, 09 10:04 AM