Police use Taser on despondent man with knife

Posted Nov. 03, 2011, at 5:04 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A man in downtown Belfast hid in the bushes and threatened to harm himself Thursday afternoon, according to police.

It was around noon when the man, who police did not name, called his probation officer to say he wanted to harm himself with a knife. Police went to the corner of High Street and Pendleton Lane, where the man was hiding in the bushes.

“He did in fact have a knife and he threatened bodily harm to himself. There were attempts to make him give the knife up. He eventually did hold the knife up, but he wouldn’t let go of it. He was ordered to drop the knife but he didn’t,” said Belfast police Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham.

Police would have used a Taser on him, but his whole body was hidden in the shrubbery, Cunningham said. Eventually as police continued to convince the man to hand over the knife, he exposed enough of his arms and chest for police to use the Taser and subdue him.

Police then took him into custody and brought him to Waldo County General Hospital for evaluation.

Police don’t suspect drugs were involved in the incident. No charges are pending.

Belfast police, Lincolnville police, Maine State Police and the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office handled the incident.

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