UXBRIDGE, Mass. — A Whitinsville man who was charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of a Northbridge Police officer with a double-bladed spear on Feb. 1 was ordered held without bail after a hearing Tuesday morning in Uxbridge District Court.
Judge Paul A. Losapio ordered Adam Tillison, 27, of 11 High St., Whitinsville, to be held for 90 days and set a pretrial hearing for March 12.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Assistant Worcester County District Attorney Kristia Wallace argued that due to the very serious offenses, including assault to murder, Tillison should be held without bail. Wallace said the suspect is on suicide watch at Worcester County House of Corrections.
Laurel Singer, the court appointed defense attorney from the Committee for Public Counsel Services, argued Tillison has no prior criminal history or convictions and that this may be a case of self-defense since Officer Thomas Dejordy was armed and the alleged incident occurred in Tillison’s home.
She also argued Tillison suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after his 2006 to 2007 tour of duty in the Afghanistan War. She said he also served in the Rhode Island National Guard.
The incident began when the Northbridge Police Department received a call from the Milford Police Department asking for help in stopping a 2003 blue Jaguar that had led officers in Milford, Mendon and Hopedale on a high-speed chase with speeds of up to 100 mph.
Northbridge Officer Brian Collins saw the vehicle pass him on Linwood Avenue at a high rate of speed and turn onto High Street. He said he saw the operator, known to him as Adam Tillison, get out of the vehicle and run into 11 High St.
Police said Dejordy pursued the suspect into the residence and that the suspect ran up the stairs to the second floor and grabbed a double-bladed spear.
According to the police report, Tillison was accused of stabbing Dejordy as the officer reached the top of the stairs. The spear went through Dejordy's protective vest and punctured his abdomen below his ribs, police said.
Dejordy was still able to get Tillison to the ground and handcuff him, police said. The officer was treated at UMass Memorial Medical Center and released.
Several members of Tillison’s family were in attendance at Tuesday’s hearing, including his father and step mother, but declined to comment on the hearing’s outcome.