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Man wanted to be shot by police, officials say

A Boston man allegedly jumped in front of a Boston police cruiser Sunday night in Roxbury and acted as if he was pulling a handgun from his waist band in what authorities described as an attempt to incite two officers to shoot him, police said.

Instead, they arrested him.

“Why didn’t you just let me tap out?’’ Bash Jean, 30, allegedly told officers after being taken into custody, according to a police report. “If this was any other place in the country, I’d be dead.”

Police said a marked cruiser with two officers on board was near the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue and Quincy Street at 6:54 p.m. when Jean and another man, later identified as 20-year-old Ralph Milord, both jumped in front of the vehicle.

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Police stopped the cruiser and watched as Jean allegedly yelled “I have guns” and reached into his front waistband. The officers armed themselves with their service weapons and ordered Jean to make his hands visible, police said.

Jean continued to claim he was armed with a handgun and started to put an arm behind his back as if he was reaching toward a gun in his waistband, police said.

While police were confronting Jean, Milord started moving towards the officers while opening a backpack he was carrying, police said.

One officer then moved to take Jean into custody and the second officer moved to take Milord into custody, authorities said. No weapons were found.

Both Jean and Milord allegedly resisted officers and one of the officers suffered a minor leg injury during the struggle, police said.

Police said they plan to charge Jean with disorderly conduct, threats, and destruction of property. Milord was expected to be charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on a police officer causing injury, police said.

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It was after he was in handcuffs that Jean allegedly questioned why he had not been shot by police, according to the police report.

According to police, Jean was also arrested at Boston Medical Center about two weeks ago, when he allegedly tried to take a Boston police officer’s pistol from her holster.

At that time, Jean was being escorted out of the hospital by security after undergoing an evaluation, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the case.

Police said the connection between Jean and Milord was not immediately clear.


John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.