Suspect in Mass. Eye and Ear held on $1 million bail
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The man accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary last week was arraigned Tuesday afternoon.
Raymond Wallace is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a public employee and escape. He didn’t move, speak or open his eyes as prosecutors read the charges against him as he was in his hospital bed at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“Mr. Wallace grabbed the deputy’s firearm and during the course of that struggle, Mr. Wallace discharged that firearm and the deputy was shot in the leg,” said Asst. District Attorney Lynn Feigenbaum.
A judge ordered Wallace held on $1 million bail.
Outside the hospital, dozens of Middlesex County corrections officers and sheriff’s deputies showed support for one of their own.
“Their job is highly dangerous and unpredictable and yet everyday they go to work,” said Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian.
Last Wednesday, two officers were accompanying Wallace to an appointment at Mass. Eye and Ear. When Wallace asked to use the bathroom, prosecutors said the inmate’s handcuffs were taken off. Then they said he took the opportunity to try and make a break for it.
“The leg chains were still on Mr. Wallace when he entered the bathroom. Mr. Wallace was able to free himself from his leg restraints, exit the bathroom and move toward the emergency room exit,” said Feigenbaum.
When the officers tried to stop him, prosecutors said Wallace grabbed a weapon and shot one officer in the leg. The other officer then shot him.
Prosecutors said the officer fired three shots before Wallace fell to the ground.
Koutoujian said they will be looking at their policies for transporting inmates.
“We’re actually taking a look at what Boston police investigation will find and we’re always taking a look at making our policies and procedures better. It’s my intent to have a meeting inside with regard to the investigation that’s going on by law enforcement, as well as our own internal investigation -- even sharing best practices and procedures with other sheriffs just to make sure we’re all on the same page, we’re all doing our best to protect the public and very importantly protect our officers,” said Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian.
Wallace’s attorney said due to his client’s condition he hasn’t been able to communicate with him.