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Taunton Man Arrested For Using Diasabled Person As Human Shield

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A Taunton man was arrested on several charges after using a mop as a weapon and a disabled person as a human shield against Taunton Police.

ABC 6 News reports that police received a call from the Taunton Housing Authority about a man running from floor to floor in a Onley Street complex while screaming and causing a disturbance.

When officers arrived they found 73-year-old Frank Silva of Winthrop St. causing the disturbance and they asked him to leave, even offering him a ride to the location of his choosing.

Silva refused and instead grabbed a disabled resident seated a wheelchair and placed him between himself and the officer.

Silva then picked up a mop and began swinging it aggressively.

The officer had to call for backup at this point and when they arrived they were able to take Silva into custody and charged him with assault with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

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