Ex-cop arrested after plowing truck into cruiser
STOUGHTON, Mass. (WHDH) – A former police officer is being charged with intentionally crashing his car into a state police cruiser.
That's when police fired back.
Gene Guilbeault, 48, was an Avon police officer for 16 years, but now he’s on the wrong side of the law.
Bow, of Bridgewater, Mass. arrived in handcuffs in the back of a state police cruiser Thursday where he was arraigned at a Stoughton courthouse.
Guilbeault was arrested around 11 p.m. Wednesday at a Dunkin Donuts parking lot in Avon after ramming his pickup truck into a state police cruiser.
Two troopers fired shots before the suspect was arrested. Guilbeault was treated for minor injuries at the hospital. He resigned in 2005 as an Avon police officer for personal reasons.
Now he's facing charges that include assault with intent to murder. There is no word on a motive.
Prosecutors say Guilbeault had access to multiple weapons.
“This defendant has 43 guns registered to him. And at this time the commonwealth has only been able to recover 38 of those guns,” said Anne Yas, a prosecutor.
His attorney says he's on medication for depression, and his pickup hit the cruiser after he was shot.
“Do to the impact of being shot multiple times in the leg, caused the vehicle to impact with the trooper’s vehicle,” said Jackelyn Modiste, defense attorney.
Guilbeault's attorney says the wild ride stems from financial and marital problems he was having at home.
Dunkin Donuts employees witnessed Wednesday night’s ordeal.
“If there’s something that you need to be discussed, go talk to somebody about it. There’s no reason to go out and cause all of this other crime,” said Clint Green, an employee.
Guilbeault’s wife was not at his arraignment because she was at Brockton District Court applying for a restraining order against him.