BOSTON — A man stabbed a doctor while being treated at a psychiatric office at a Boston medical building Tuesday and was fatally shot by an off-duty security guard who saw the attack, police said.
The attack took place in the afternoon at a high-rise affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital.
The female doctor, identified by hospital officials as Dr. Astrid Desrosiers, was in serious, but stable condition. Police said the suspect died of the gunshot wounds. He was identified as Jay Carciero, 37, of Reading.
“During the course of the stabbing incident an off-duty security officer who was armed interceded. He produced a weapon and ordered the suspect to drop the knife. And when the suspect did not comply, he shot the suspect,” said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.
The security guard was not affiliated with the hospital and just happened to be on the fifth-floor of the building where the attack occurred, according to Bonnie Michelman, the hospital’s security director.
“Certainly heroic, we are happy he was here,” said Michelman.
The stabbing victim also works as an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is affiliated with the Haitian Mental Health Program. Public records show that Desrosiers, 49, was licensed to practice in Massachusetts 16 years ago.
Desrosiers is a graduate of the State University of Haiti’s School of Medicine and Pharmacy and the Harvard University School of Public Health. Her major research interests include the role of psychosocial factors in the treatment of mood disorders, health disparities and the impact of multicultural issues on patient care.
“A caring and dedicated professional, Dr. Desrosiers has spent her career providing extraordinary care and treatment to patients who are among the most vulnerable and those with the most severe psychiatric disorders,” Massachusetts General Hospital said in a statement. “Her commitment, compassion and courage are an inspiration to all of us. The entire MGH family is pulling together for her speedy recovery.”
Carciero’s sister-in-law, Lisa Carciero, said the family was devastated by the news and would not make public comments.