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Man faces charges in spear attack on Northbridge officer

A man faces attempted murder and other charges after lunging at a Northbridge police officer with a spear early Friday morning, penetrating the officer’s Kevlar vest and piercing his skin, the police chief said.

The officer was treated and released from the hospital, but Police Chief Walter Warchol said it was a close call.

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Just after 3 a.m., officers in Milford saw a car driven by 29-year-old Adam Tillison, a Northbridge resident with outstanding warrants. When ­Milford officers tried to pursue Tillison, he sped away toward Northbridge, Warchol said.

Milford police notified Northbridge police, who went to his home at 11 High St., said Warchol. As officers tried to ­arrest him, Tillison broke away and ran into his home, going to the top of his stairs where he grabbed a double-bladed spear, the chief said.

Tillison lunged at an officer with the weapon, striking the officer’s right abdomen just ­below the rib cage, slicing through his Kevlar vest and piercing his skin, Warchol said. Officers then subdued Tillison and placed him under arrest.

The injured officer was treated and released at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

Tillison pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday in ­Uxbridge District Court, said Timothy Connolly, a spokesman for the Worcester district attorney’s office. Tillison faces charges including attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and resisting arrest. He is being held without bail and is scheduled back in court Tuesday .

The injured ­officer was lucky, Warchol said. “If he wasn’t wearing a ballistic vest, it would have been a tragic event.”

The spear was “one of those weapons that you’d see on TV or movies,” Warchol said. “. . . I don’t know where he purchased the item.”

Globe correspondent Derek J. Anderson contributed to this ­report. Lauren Dezenski can be reached at lauren.dezenski@
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