An apparently suicidal man pulled a knife on deputies who tried to save him, fled in a car and crashed it before they were able to subdue him with a Taser Tuesday, Feb. 22.
At about 3 p.m., someone called 911 to report a car with its engine on and a hose running from the tailpipe to inside the car parked at Del Bonita Way and Holly Court in the Tweed Twenty area, said Whatcom County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Moyes.
Deputies saw a man locked inside who appeared unresponsive, so they broke out the front driver's side window.
The man was combative and had a knife, Moyes said. He put the vehicle in reverse, and deputies tried to Taser him but were unsuccessful. As they started to chase the car, it crashed a quarter of a mile away in an intersection, Moyes said.
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The man ran from the car carrying the knife. As deputies chased him, he allegedly demanded that they shoot him because he wanted to die, Moyes said. He was shot with a Taser and then arrested on investigation of driving under the influence, no ignition interlock and an unrelated felony warrant.
The Sheriff's Office did not release the man's name.