LIMESTONE, Maine — Police spent approximately an hour at a Main Street home early Tuesday evening trying to coax out of his home a man who was threatening to harm himself.
Limestone Police Chief Stacey Mahan said Wednesday that the incident began around 3:30 p.m., when a resident who was out for a walk contacted police.
Mahan said that the resident, while walking by the Main Street home, noticed there was a sign hanging on a window in the residence.
The sign indicated that if anyone tried to enter the home, the 31-year-old man inside would stab the person, according to Mahan.
The resident also reportedly saw a man in the home who appeared to be trying to hang himself.
Police arrived at the scene a short time later.
“We [went] to the home and tried to talk to the person,” Mahan said. “The individual had barricaded the front and back doors so that no one could get in.”
Police learned that the man inside had a knife and was cutting his arms. He also had taken an overdose of prescription medication, Mahan said.
“He was sitting in the middle of the living room, and we were trying to talk to him through a window,” said Mahan. “We were trying to get him to put the knife away.”
Mahan said that police negotiated with the man for about an hour before he decided to leave the home on his own.
He was taken by ambulance to Cary Medical Center in Caribou, where Mahan said that he remained in the intensive care unit.
No charges will be filed, he said Wednesday.
“We just wanted to get him out of the home and get him the help that he needs,” he said.
The Fort Fairfield Police Department and the U.S. Border Patrol assisted at the scene.