Santa Rosa Police Use Tasers On Hammer-Wielding Man Who Tried Suicide By Cop (PHOTO)
(BANT) – Police in Santa Rosa say they were able use tasers on a man who was threatened officers with a hammer in an attempt to commit suicide.
It happened early Sunday morning around 2:00 a.m. when officers responded to a home in the 2500 block of Pawnee Street to investigate a disturbance. The person who called police said a relative was out of control and was hitting walls and vehicles.
Officers were confronted by the suspect, 38-year-old Juan Gabriel Rincon-Mercado of Santa Rosa. He had come out of the house through the garage holding a hammer.
The officers drew their weapons and ordered Rincon-Mercado to drop the hammer, but he ignored them and advanced toward one officer with the hammer raised in a threatening manner.
The other officer warned Rincon-Mercado that he would be tased if he did not drop the hammer. Rincon-Mercado did not comply and was tased. He was handcuffed and taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor abrasions, police said.
At the hospital, Rincon-Mercado told police he threatened the officers with the hammer because he wanted them to shoot him, police said. According to police, Rincon-Mercado used methamphetamine and had been binge drinking.
Rincon-Mercado was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of threatening an officer, public intoxication, and possessing methamphetamine and narcotics paraphernalia.
The officers involved were not injured.