Police take 'less lethal' action to stop man with knives

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Despite a man's pleas that officers "just shoot him," Jonesboro police took less-lethal action and got him help.

Shortly before 7:30 Friday morning, multiple officers responded to the 700-block of Warner regarding a call of a man with a knife.

When officers arrived, they found the 29-year-old suspect standing in the street with two long fixed-blade knives in each hand.

Officers ordered him to drop the knives, the initial incident report stated, but he refused.

Fearing he would use the knives, an officer shot the man in the right thigh with a "less lethal beanbag shotgun."

The man bent over, but did not go down. He still had the knives in his hands.

The officer then deployed a second round, hitting the man in the lower right abdomen.

The man dropped one of the knives, the report stated; but he continued to clutch to the other.

The officer fired a third and final beanbag into the man's left hip.

The man then dropped the knife and officers cuffed his hands.

An ambulance took the man to a local hospital where he reportedly stated "he wanted to die."

According to an officer who accompanied him to the hospital, the man said "if he had it to do over, he would have charged the officers with the knives and forced them to shoot him with real guns."

The man told the officer to "just shoot him."

The suspect, who was wanted on a felony warrant out of Craighead County, was left at the hospital to receive treatment for drug overdose and await admission into a mental health facility.

Police cited him with carrying a weapon, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, revocation of probation and two summons served.

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