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May 1, 2013

Prosecutor outlines attack on cop


“When he does that, he realizes his hand is all wet,” Shea said.

Limbaugh got into his car, and Melto stuck his baton in the door to try to stop him, poking Limbaugh in the chest, Shea said.

“Mr. Limbaugh just looks at him and pulls away,” Shea said. Melto then felt liquid running down his chest. He got back into his cruiser and called for help. He then drove down back to 37 Popes Lane and circled around looking for Limbaugh.

“At that point, he started feeling dizzy and weak,” Shea said. Melto called in a description of Limbaugh’s car and drove to the nearby Brutole Restaurant on Route 1. Police responded, and Melto was taken to the hospital.

Melto suffered a number of wounds to his arm, wrist and neck. His hand was sliced so that a nerve was cut, and his throat was slashed four times.

Limbaugh was arrested in a small industrial park in Stoughton by local and state police. The weapon used to slash Melto was not recovered, Shea said. In a videotaped interview, Limbaugh denied he had a weapon and said the officer must have scratched his throat during the scuffle.

“Mr. Limbaugh had no injuries whatsoever,” said Shea, who added that Melto’s blood was found on Limbaugh.

“You just heard from the prosecutor the most fraudulent statements,” Limbaugh said yesterday. “I did not commit those injuries.”

The trial resumes Thursday.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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