MILO, Maine — A suicidal man who taunted police with a knife in hopes they would shoot him injured himself Thursday night when he fell onto the knife after being Tasered, according to police.
Milo police received a 911 call at about 9 p.m. from a distraught woman who told them a man in her home had grabbed a knife and wanted to “commit suicide by cop,” Milo Police Chief Kenny Williams said Friday.
Williams said his department has had dealings in the past with the man who was suicidal.
When Officers David Henderson and Dale Clark arrived at the home, the man came outside holding the knife and advanced on the officers despite repeated warnings to lay down the knife, Williams said. One of the officers drew his gun while the other officer Tasered the suicidal man. The man then fell to the ground and his head fell on the knife, Williams said.
Emergency Medical Services who responded to the call treated the superficial head wound, Williams said. He said the man was taken by ambulance for further treatment of the wound and for a mental evaluation.
“They did everything they could to actually get him to drop the knife and they actually went to a nondeadly force option instead of a deadly force option, which is good,” Williams said.
The police chief said the man was not charged with a crime.