Man stabs self, threatens suicide before arrest

July 09, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Columbia man threatening to kill himself held police at bay for two hours yesterday afternoon and forced authorities to close the 12000 block of Little Patuxent Parkway for 45 minutes, Howard County police said.

About 2 p.m., the man, 47, called dispatchers and said he had stabbed himself and intended to commit suicide, police said.

Police negotiators and tactical teams went to his Clary's Forest neighborhood, waited for two hours, then entered his apartment without incident, said Sgt. Morris Carroll, a department spokesman.

The man, whom police would not identify, was flown by MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with a stab wound to the abdomen, Carroll said. The man was listed in serious condition.

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