SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield Police responded to a possible suicide attempt, and reports of "unknown trouble" at 74 Irvington Street.
When the three officers got to the home, there was a man blocking their way in, and they heard a woman screaming, "Help me, he is going to kill me!" from inside the home when they arrived, according to Springfield's Sgt. John Delaney.
They got into the home and saw Nicholas Montel, 28, swinging a hatchet with one hand. Police said he then swung the hatchet at them.
One of the officers attempted to grab Montel's arm to stop the attack. Montel then grabbed another officer by the throat and began choking him according to Sgt. Delaney.
At one point during the struggle one of the officers ended up on the ground and Montel when at him with the axe. The other two officers shot at him to stop the attack, according to Sgt. Delaney.
Montel was struck by one of the bullets but he continued to attack the officers.
While the officers attempted to provide first aid to Montel, Erica Cartagena, 25, jumped on them. She had to be restrained and arrested.
Montel was also arrested and is being charged with assault with intent to murder, for three counts on three officers, and two counts of assault and battery on a Police Officer.
Montel was brought to Baystate Medical Center. He is serious but stable.