Police disarm resident during standoff at local intersection

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published November 11, 2014

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Officers disarmed a 38-year-old man with a history of mental illness Nov. 11 who police said was attempting to commit suicide through a police confrontation.

Royal Oak Police Lt. David Clemens said no officers were injured, and the man did not receive any injuries.

“At this point he was committed for psychological evaluation, so he is not being charged at this time,” Clemens said. The Royal Oak resident was transported to Providence Hospital for the evaluation.

Officers responded to the intersection of 12 Mile Road and North Main Street at 1:54 a.m. after receiving a call to 911 from the armed man stating, “I’m at 13 and Main. Come get me.”

Police said the department also received numerous 911 calls from passers-by reporting a suicidal person armed with a knife.

When police arrived at the 12 Mile Road and North Main Street intersection, they observed two people standing outside a vehicle. Police said one was armed with a knife and the other was later identified as the man’s mother.

According to Clemens, the officers ordered the man to drop the knife when he began deliberately advancing toward them.

Clemens said the officers deployed a Taser, which effectively disabled the man, allowing police to disarm and handcuff him.

Officers learned that immediately before the incident, he told his mother that he was going to kill himself by getting the police to shoot him.

“Suicide by cop, as it is commonly known, is one of the most precarious situations we deal with in law enforcement,” said Chief Corrigan O’Donohue in a press release. “My officers in this incident put them themselves at great risk by opting to deploy less-than-lethal measures to deal with a very dangerous situation.

‘I am extremely proud of these officers and how they handled themselves.”

Clemens said he is not aware of any previous police contacts with the man.

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