SAUGUS (CBS) – Saugus Police used a bean bag gun to take down a man armed with a knife late Monday night.
Officers were called to an apartment building on Woodbury Avenue just after 9 p.m. for a report of a disturbance. When they arrived, they said 25-year-old Jacob Bonia of Saugus came outside with a knife. They ordered him to drop it, but police said Bonia refused, so they fired a bean bag at him to disarm him.
A neighbor watched the confrontation from his window. “He was just moving around, he was still standing then I guess they must have hit him with the Taser or the rubber bullets or whatever it was,” witness Rocky Raymond said. “But thank God it wasn’t the real ones right.”
Bonia was taken to the hospital. There’s no word on his condition. He faces several charges including two counts of attempted murder.
The officer who fired the bean bag was placed on administrative leave as standard procedure until the incident is fully reviewed.
No other information is available at this point in the investigation.