BRUNSWICK — A 22-year-old Brunswick man was arrested by police in Northampton, Mass., on Dec. 31 for allegedly attacking an officer with a piece of wood and a hammer.
According to a report in The Republican, of Springfield, Mass., Garrett Daniel Shaw allegedly first struck Northampton police officer Dennis Liptak in the head with a piece of wood, then with the claw portion of a hammer as Shaw attempted to break into a computer store on New Year’s Eve.
Shaw was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to murder while armed with a dangerous weapon, threat to commit a crime (murder), armed burglary, breaking and entering in the nightime with felony intent, possession of a burglary instrument, destruction of personal property and resisting arrest.
Liptak, who despite his injuries reportedly helped subdue Shaw, is expected to make a full recovery.
Shaw has at least two felony convictions stemming from an incident in Brunswick on July 9, 2006, when police arrested him after he nearly ran over a Bowdoin College security guard and some students during a party on Harpswell Road. Shaw was eventually convicted of driving to endanger and possession of a usable amount of marijuana and paid a total of $1,100 in fines.