PLYMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — A Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputy who stopped a deadly stabbing rampage in Taunton spoke out Wednesday for the first time since the incident.
Deputy Sheriff James Creed and his wife, Laura, released a statement saying they will be “forever impacted” by the events of May 10.
The couple was eating at Bertucci’s at the Silver City Galleria when Arthur DaRosa entered the restaurant, armed himself with a knife, and stabbed a waitress multiple times, according to police. George Heath, a New Bedford teacher, attempted to stop DaRosa but he too was stabbed in the process.
Upon hearing the commotion, Creed – who was off-duty and in civilian clothes – displayed his badge, identified himself, and told DaRosa several times to drop the knife. When the suspect refused to comply, police said Creed used his personal firearm to shoot DaRosa once in the abdomen.
Heath and DaRosa both died from their injuries while the waitress is recovering. She was pregnant at the time of the stabbing and police said both she and her baby are doing well.
In a statement released Wednesday, Creed said the credit goes to Heath for intervening and to his wife, who’s a nurse, for administering aid to the victims at the scene.Below is the full statement from James and Laura Creed:
“First, we want to extend our sympathies and condolences to all of the individuals and families affected by the events on May 10. This was in every way a senseless tragedy, and one that we wish had never occurred. My wife and I will be forever impacted by the events of Tuesday night.
“We would like to acknowledge the bravery of Mr. Heath, who selflessly intervened in the situation. Without his actions, the outcome could have been even worse.
“I would also like to acknowledge my wife, a nurse, who administered first aid to the victims in the restaurant. We would also like to thank all of the first responders, the Bristol and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Departments, the SEMLEC Critical Incident Support Team, and the other agencies that have supported us.
“While we appreciate all of the kind words and messages that we have received, there is no cause for celebration regarding this incident. We only wish to go back to our jobs, our families, and our lives.
“We ask that you keep the victims, their families and all of those affected by this incident in your thoughts.”
Meanwhile, a funeral was held Wednesday for 80-year-old Patricia Slavin. Police said Slavin and her daughter were stabbed inside their home by DaRosa before he made his way to the mall. Slavin’s daughter, Kathleen, survived her injuries and continues to recover.