A Salem police officer, left, holds a switch blade knife which was allegedly found on this man near Washington and Essex Street on Halloween night in Salem, MA.
Halloween in Salem offers a lot to photograph and never disappoints. This Halloween seemed a little bit slower and less chaotic than usual. However, that did not deter this person from being detained.
It all started when I was standing at the corner of a busy intersection, pretty much people watching and waiting for my next image to appear. All of sudden I noticed one police officer walking quickly and appeared to be following someone. Then I saw a second and third and fourth officer all closing in on their suspect. I quickly followed not knowing what was really going on but knew something was going to happen. They stopped the man a short distance away and I photographed the officers surround the man and start to search him. I didn't notice that police found anything until someone yelled to check him for a gun. At that point the officer held out the knife, handcuffed the man and took him away. The whole incident lasted only about 3 minutes or so, after that I went back to photographing people having a good time and enjoying the annual Halloween tradition in Salem.