Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers were involved in an incident last night (June 1) that ended when a knife-wielding suspect was taken into custody.
Officers were called at about 7:45 last night in reference to a man who had reportedly cut his wrists and the side of his neck with a five-inch-long razor blade knife. Officers arrived at the man’s residence on Wood Road, just off of Three Forks Church Road, where they quickly located the 42-year-old man. The subject then eluded Officers and fled the scene, on foot. Deputies caught up with the man about a quarter or half a mile from the residence in a grassy field off of Highway 90.
As Deputies approached the man, they saw the knife in his hand. He ignored multiple orders to drop the knife and said, “If you come any closer, I’ll cut you all,” and lunged toward the Officers. A beanbag was fired from a shotgun, striking the man in the leg.
He continued to lunge toward Officers while brandishing the knife. An Officer fired a single shot from his service revolver, but it missed. An explosive device known as a flash-bang, intended to disorient the subject, was deployed. The man was stunned and dropped to the ground, but as Officers drew closer they saw that he still held the knife and refused to drop it.
At that point, a Taser was deployed and the subject dropped his weapon. He was taken into custody without further incident.
The man was taken by Alexander Co. E.M.S. to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory for treatment of his injuries, which were described as non-life-threatening. According to Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman, the only injuries the man sustained were self-inflicted.
The subject, whose identity has not been released, remains in the hospital where he was served with commitment papers. Criminal charges are pending completion of a an ongoing investigation.
The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist with the investigation. Taylorsville Police also assisted at the scene, as did the Alexander County Fire Department.