TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — The Taunton Fire Department on Thursday released the 911 recordings of last week’s violent rampage in Taunton.
The recordings show just how chaotic the evening of May 10 was – with both state and local emergency service lines ringing constantly – but they also reveal how hard first responders worked to figure out what was going on and how eyewitnesses worked together to help the victims.
It started with what witnesses described as a serious car crash.
Dispatch: “911, where is your emergency?”
Caller: “It’s at Claire Terrace, Claire Terrace and Myricks Street. A bad accident.”
Dispatch: “Is there anybody injured?”
Caller: “I don’t know.”
Dispatch: “Are you going to need police, fire, or medical?”
Caller: “You’re going to need it all from what I just heard. I’m headed up that way right now.”
Then, police learned of a more serious incident at a home near the crash.
Taunton Fire: “Did you guys get a, excuse me, an MVA also?”
Dispatch: “An MVA?”
Taunton Fire: “Yeah, on Myricks Street and Claire Terrace or Birch Ave.”
Dispatch: “Yeah, we got 270.”
Taunton Fire: “270 for a double stabbing? Did they also get an accident at Birch Ave.?”
Dispatch: “No, do you want us to start?”
Taunton Fire: “No, that’s the original call we got and then we got a stabbing down the street.”
That incident was called in by Kathleen Slavin, who, along with her 80-year-old mother, Patricia, was stabbed inside a home on Myricks Street.
Then, the calls just kept coming.
Caller: “Hi, I’m calling from Macy’s right now. Someone has just slammed through our north entrance doors. A black man running through the store, got a hold of clients, got a hold of associates and was dragging them across the floor.”
Three people were assaulted inside the store when police received a call from another part of the mall.
Caller: “We’re inside the nail salon. We locked the door, but he was just running in and out recklessly. Hhe went into Bertucci’s and was just throwing stuff. The customers saw that he had a knife on him.”
As people inside the mall sought shelter, they made sure to reach out for help.
Caller: “I just called from Macy’s. A customer just came into our store, he shot someone in Bertucci’s, and he’s there running over to Bertucci’s right now.”
Dispatch: “We’re gonna need more ambulances at the mall. We got our guys on scene, we got at least two stabbed and one shot.”
The recordings also revealed how the victims acted heroically, alerting first responders of their own injuries as well as those of the people around them.
The suspect, 28-year-old Arthur DaRosa, was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy inside Bertucci’s after police said he stabbed two people inside the restaurant along with the Slavins earlier at their home.
Patricia Slavin did not survive her injuries. A funeral was held for her Wednesday at the Holy Family Church, where she attended mass every day. Her daughter has since been released from the hospital and continues to recover.
Stabbed inside the restaurant were a pregnant waitress and a New Bedford teacher, who intervened and tried to stop DaRosa. The waitress, 26-year-old Sheenah Savoy, and her baby are doing well in their recovery. The teacher, 56-year-old George Heath, perished from his injuries. A celebration of Heath’s life will be held June 4 at White’s of Westport.