Homeless man threatens to kill Greenfield officer

Edward Blatch is known for having knives

Edward Blatch (Photo Courtesy: Greenfield Police Dept.)

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A homeless man in Greenfield was arrested and charged on Monday after allegedly attacking and injuring a police officer.

According to a statement on the Greenfield Police Facebook page, around 11:00 p.m. Monday, Sergeant James Rode and Officer Laura Gordon went to a homeless shelter at 60 Well Street for a report of an intoxicated man with an eye injury.

When the officers arrived, they found 27-year-old Edward Blatch, who is homeless in Greenfield and known for having knives. While Sgt. Rode attempted to search Blatch for any weapons, police said Blatch threatened to kill Sgt. Rode and started to act in a “disorderly manner.”

Blatch refused medical treatment for his eye injury, so Sgt. Rode decided to place him in protective custody. Police said Blatch began to fight and threaten to kill Sgt. Rode again. Blatch then kicked Sgt. Rode in the knee, and pulled away from the sergeant, causing him to crash into a car door.

Blatch was arrested and booked at the Greenfield Police Station. He was charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Threat to Commit a Crime, Murder.

During the booking process, police said Blatch continued to be violent and was later moved to the house of correction by their transporting team. Sgt. Rode was taken to Franklin Medical Center where he was treated and released for his injuries.

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