DARTMOUTH — A homeless man is under arrest after Dartmouth Police say he assaulted and threatened to murder police officers.

On Friday, June 12 at approximately 6:45 p.m., Dartmouth Police were dispatched to the area of Walgreens on State Road to check on the welfare of a man lying in the grass.

Upon arrival, officers identified the man as 36-year-old Denis Alekseyevich Shelagin, who is homeless.

After Shelagin was advised that he was going to be placed in protective custody based on his level of intoxication, police say he spat on officers and began to fight with them. During the altercation, Sheligan also allegedly threatened to murder the officers.

Shelagin was eventually placed under arrest and transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for evaluation.

He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, and four counts of threats to commit a crime (to wit assault and battery and murder).

Police say no officers were seriously injured during the altercation.

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