Turlock Police officers used pepper spray and a Taser in an attempt to subdue a man who was cutting himself in front of City Hall Tuesday morning.
Police officers responded to multiple calls around 8:49 a.m. Tuesday about a man who had set up camp directly in front of Turlock City Hall. Callers reported that the man was lighting paper on fire and cutting himself with a razor blade, according to the police department.
When officers arrived, they found the man agitated and actively cutting himself. Officers made multiple unsuccessful verbal attempts to get the man to discard the razor blade in order to provide him assistance. When the man continued cutting himself, officers pepper sprayed him, however, this had no effect on his behavior. Officers then used a less lethal impact device in an attempt to subdue the man.
After the officers made contact with the man, he continued to resist. Officers then deployed a Taser, which had no effect due to the thick jacket he was wearing, according to the police department.
After officers successfully restrained the man, he was provided medical attention and was subsequently transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of his self-inflicted wounds.