Bloomington Police Attempt to Intervene in Self-Inflicted Stabbing

(BLOOMINGTON) – On Thursday, at approximately 9:05 p.m., officers with the Bloomington Police Department responded to the 1800 block of West Marquis Drive regarding a 26-year-old man exhibiting erratic behavior that had reportedly cut his own throat and stabbed himself repeatedly inside a residence.

The caller reported that the man was in the kitchen of the residence and was bleeding profusely.

Upon the arrival of officers, the man ran northbound from the residence toward 17th Street and was still in possession of a knife. Several officers responded to the area in an effort to locate and detain the man so he could be transported to the hospital to receive treatment for his self-inflicted
injuries.

An ambulance was requested to stage in the area to provide medical care as quickly as possible.

Officers located the man and pleaded with him to drop the knife so he could be taken to the hospital, but the man refused to comply and continued stabbing himself.

Officers impacted the man with less-lethal drag-stabilized bean bag rounds in an effort to get the man to drop the knife, but the man continued stabbing himself and stated to the officers, “Just shoot me.”

The man eventually dropped the knife as his physical condition worsened and officers immediately secured him and carried him to a nearby parking lot so he could be transported by an IU Health Ambulance Service crew.

The ambulance rushed the man to IU Health Bloomington Hospital
Emergency Department where he succumbed to his injuries.

No officers of the Department discharged their duty weapons against the man and less-lethal devices were the only weapons fired by officers.

An autopsy was performed this morning and toxicology results are pending.

No further information is available at this time.

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