Off-duty MGH security officer kills patient who stabbed doctor www.privateofficer.com
Police identified the attacker as Jay Carciero, 37, of Reading. He was a patient of the psychiatrist he repeatedly stabbed just after 2 p.m. yesterday at MGH’s Bipolar Clinical and Research Program, on the fifth floor of a Staniford Street medical office high-rise, police said.
The doctor was identified by a relative as Astrid Desrosiers, a licensed psychiatrist since 1993 who grew up in Haiti, where she graduated medical school in 1986.
The security guard was named as Paul Lagone of Reading by Fox 25 News. Last night, a police cruiser was parked outside his house, and the family declined comment. Lagone’s father and brother told Fox he heard the doctor’s screams and broke through her office door. He told Carciero to drop the knife, and when Carciero lunged at him, Lagone shot him. He used his sweater to stem Desrosiers’ bleeding.
Sources said Desrosiers – seriously injured and listed in stable condition yesterday – was no match for Carciero – described as 6 feet 4 inches and husky. She suffered wounds throughout her body. Her hands were slashed from trying to block the attack, sources said.
“It was gonna take a gun to bring him down,” said a first responder. Lagone, who was not officially identified, shot Carciero three times – once in the head and twice in the torso – the first responder said.
“He was certainly heroic; we’re happy he was here,” Bonnie Michelman, MGH security director, said of the guard, who police said was licensed to carry a firearm.
Police Commissioner Edward Davis said the guard interceded just in time. “He produced a weapon and ordered the suspect to drop the knife,” Davis said. “And when the suspect did not comply, he shot the suspect.”
Desrosiers, who completed her postgraduate work at the Harvard University School of Public Health, has three sisters who live in Florida and work as nurses, said Isabellie Desrosiers, who is related to the victim by marriage.
“She’s a remarkable woman. She’s very smart,” Isabellie Desrosiers told the Herald last night. “Most of her family is in Boston. I haven’t been able to speak to them. They’re all at the hospital.”
Gregg Renchkovsky, 35, of Charlestown was on his way to pick up his girlfriend at MGH when he saw “police coming from every direction.
“The first thing that goes through your mind in these days is terrorism,” he said. “I thought it was some sort of bomb threat.”
Luz Ramos, 43, of Dorchester, who works in the building next door, saw Desrosiers being taken out on a stretcher.
“She was bleeding quite badly,” Ramos said. “I’m scared. I work next door. You have to keep your doors locked because you don’t know who’s around.”
Carciero was fired from his job as manager of food and facilities for a hospital vendor, according to an online article for In These Times magazine. He was portrayed as a whistle-blower in the story, which described him as “a stocky, intense man” who “lives with his wife and three children in a small blue American flag-flying clapboard home.”
This is the second time in a week that MGH has been rocked by violence. A serial sex offender is accused to trying to rape a female hospital employee Thursday
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