Royal Oak police stun knife-wielding man

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Royal Oak — A Royal Oak man was taken into protective custody early Tuesday after police found him armed with a large knife at 12 Mile and North Main.

Police said they received numerous 911 calls around 2 a.m. from passersby as well as a call from the armed man. According to police, the man stated his location and requested the police come get him. Police believe he was suicidal.

The 38-year-old man was standing outside a vehicle with his mother when police responded to the location and ordered him to drop the knife. The man ignored officers’ commands and advanced toward police, who subdued him with a Taser, police said.

Prior to the incident, the man told his mother he planned to kill himself by getting police to shoot him, according to police.

“Suicide by cop, as it is commonly known, is one of the most precarious situations we deal with in law enforcement,” Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said 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.”

The man has a history of mental illness, according to police. He was transported to Providence Hospital for a psychological evaluation.

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