Patient at Mass. General Hospital attacks doctor with knife, shot dead by off-duty guard

By O‘Ryan Johnson, Jessica Van Sack, Marie Szaniszlo and Edward Mason
The Boston Herald
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A burly mental patient bent on hacking his doctor to death was shot dead by a quick-thinking, off-duty security guard who encountered the crazed man stabbing the shrink in a gruesome attack at a Massachusetts General Hospital clinic yesterday, police said.


Police identified the attacker as Jay Carciero, 37, of Reading. He was a patient of the psychiatrist he repeatedly stabbed just after 2 p.m. yesterday at MGH’s Bipolar Clinical and Research Program, on the fifth floor of a Staniford Street medical office high-rise, police said.

The doctor was identified by a relative as Astrid Desrosiers, a licensed psychiatrist since 1993 who grew up in Haiti, where she graduated medical school in 1986…

…Sources said Desrosiers – seriously injured and listed in stable condition yesterday – was no match for Carciero – described as 6 feet 4 inches and husky. She suffered wounds throughout her body. Her hands were slashed from trying to block the attack, sources said.

“It was gonna take a gun to bring him down,” said a first responder…

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