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Man threatens to kill, eat Mass. officer’s family

Jeffrey R. Liimatainen, 26, reportedly threw a boot and punched Officer Adam Cooley in the chest before threatening his family


By PoliceOne Staff

ORANGE, Mass. — A Massachusetts man faces several charges after reportedly punching an officer and threatening to kill and eat his family.

The Greenfield Recorder reports that Jeffrey R. Liimatainen, 26, reportedly threw a boot and punched Officer Adam Cooley in the chest. Afterwards, the suspect was being transferred to a jail when he threatened to kill and eat the cop’s family.

Cooley and his colleague Officer Jonathan Cole were initially dispatched to a home on Christmas Eve after receiving a report about a woman who wanted her intoxicated son removed from her home. Officers noticed Liimatainen’s bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

When a friend declined to take Liimatainen home, officers put him into protective custody. After arriving at the police station, Liimatainen reportedly told officers he was going to fight them and run away. Police said the suspect became aggressive when the officers tried to transfer him to a jail and threw one of his boots at Cooley, missing the officer by a few feet. 

Liimatainen then punched Cooley’ before being apprehended by another officer. The suspect was in the booking room when he told Cooley he was going to tie up his family,  kill them and eat them while the officer watched.

The suspect also spat in the booking room and in the back of the police cruiser.

Liimatainen faces a slew of charges, including assault and battery of a police officer.

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