Police stop man from killing himself

By Jane Stebbins, Pilot staff writer November 22, 2013 08:18 pm

A man threatening to kill himself with a box-cutter knife was subdued by Brookings Police Officers Thursday afternoon near Ray’s Food Place.

The man, a 60-year-old Harbor resident for whom sheriff’s deputies were searching, initially came to the Brookings Police Department at about 2:15 p.m. According to a press release from Police Chief Chris Wallace, the man had attempted suicide in the past and had recently made a statement that he was going to do so again.

The man left on foot toward the grocery store, “obviously distraught,” Wallace said. When police caught up with him, he pulled the box-cutter from his pocket, placed it to his neck and ignored officers’ requests to drop the knife.

The man began to walk toward the entrance of the store when an officer used his Taser to incapacitate him and “terminate the potentially deadly confrontation,” Wallace wrote.

With the assistance of Curry County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police, the man was taken into custody and transported to the Curry General Hospital for mental health evaluation and treatment.