Brighton man in 'cry for help' after holding knife and threatening to murder police officer (From The Argus)
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Brighton man in 'cry for help' after holding knife and threatening to murder police officer
A man who wounded himself and allegedly threatened to murder a police officer did so in a “cry for help”, according to friends.
Witnesses called police after seeing the 62- year-old man holding a knife near Whitehawk Hill Road, Brighton.
After suffering two “self-inflicted” wounds to his abdomen, he then threatened a police officer before a Taser was used to detain him.
Friends of the unnamed man, who is thought to have an allotment on the site, believe that something happened to trigger the incident.
A friend and fellow allotment holder, who lives nearby, said: “We’re all a bit taken aback by it all.
“I’ve known him for 18 years and spoke to him the day before it happened.
“He seemed fine to me.
“He’s a bit quiet but no offensiveness, no rude remarks, and no violence so something must have happened to him overnight for him to act like that.”
He added: “From what I have heard it sounds as though it was a cry for help.”
The incident took place at about 1.35pm on Friday.
Police were called by a member of the public and reports said the man looked in an “agitated state”.
Witnesses said four police cars, an armed response unit and an ambulance attended the scene.
A police spokesman said: “During the arrest he was Tasered and then sustained two abdomen puncture wounds, believed to be selfinflicted, from the knife.”
Witnesses said he was stretchered away by paramedics after being detained The man, who was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for treatment, was questioned on suspicion of affray, carrying a bladed weapon and attempted murder of a police officer.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed of the incident.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said the officer was not injured in the attack.
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