At 9:15 a.m. on Sunday morning (Nov. 17), Clinton Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 2nd and Green St. in reference to a man standing in the intersection holding a knife to his own throat.

Upon arrival, officers began talking to the man, who he stated many times that he had a desire to kill himself. The man had made several superficial cuts to his neck during that time.  In an effort to save him from damaging himself further, an officer shot the man with a Taser. When the Taser failed to stop him, the man ran away from officers.

During the foot pursuit of the man, he suddenly turned and held the knife out in the direction of the officers. An officer struck the man several times in the wrist and arm, causing him to drop the knife and fall to the ground. The man was controlled, handcuffed behind his back and transported to the Golden Valley Hospital Emergency Room via ambulance.

The man stated that he has been suffering from mental illness and has been using methamphetamine.  He was treated and committed to a mental health facility for a 96-hour evaluation.

This press release provided by the Clinton Police Department.