Monday, April 4, 2011

Father Of Alleged Brockton Killer Threatens Police

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON--Brockton Police said they hope David Luke, father of alleged murderer Keith Luke gets the help he needs following a more than 2-hour standoff at Luke's apartment Sunday morning.
"He'll be charged but right now the psychiatric evaluation takes priority over the law enforcement end right now," said Capt. Emanuel Gomes.
Gomes said more than a dozen Brockton Police, State Police and other specialized personnel surrounded the area of 569 Crescent St. creating a perimeter after police received a call at about 9 a.m. Sunday, April 3 from Fox 25 News saying David Luke wanted to talk to the media and was threatening to kill police and screaming.
Gomes said Fox 25 contacted Brockton Police following the phone call and police headed to Luke's apartment after the tip.
Gomes said nearly all of the members on the Sunday morning shift, including supervisors responded to the area.
Route 27, also Cresecent Street, was shut down and traffic rerouted.
Luke, the father of Keith Luke who went on a hate-crime rampage in January 2009 that ended in the deaths of two people, barricaded himself in the apartment and while surrounded by dozens of police with guns drawn, was heard screaming "I'm going to shoot you" from a second floor apartment.
Gomes said it is the second time David Luke has caused such an incident. Gomes said in December 2009 he also threatened to harm himself and others.
This latest incident ended at about 11:15-11:30 a.m. when police stormed the apartment.
Gomes said Luke was found nearly unconscious in the apartment after overloading on prescription anti-psychotic medication.
"He just kind of slumped over," Gomes said.
As with the first incident, no guns or weapons were found.
Gomes said Luke, as of Monday afternoon, is still at Brockton Hospital's psychiatric ward.
Gomes said police will seek a summons to charge Luke with threats to commit crimes, disturbing the peace and other charges.
Gomes said Luke is expected to remain in hospital custody and police will work with Brockton Hospital on Luke's possible release or transfer to another facility.
"We hope he gets the help he needs," Gomes said.

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