MASSENA - Three Massena Village Police officers were injured late Friday morning following a confrontation with a Massena man reportedly struggling with mental health issues.
Massena Village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier said early Friday evening officers had responded at 11:24a.m. Friday to a mental health – check on the welfare complaint for a 46-year-old male that was reportedly distressed and delusional.
The 46-year-old male met the responding officers on a small front porch.During the conversation, the man pulled a five-inch buck knife from his pocket, causing two officers to draw their hand guns and one a taser. After several warnings,the man raised the knife further and began to open the knife, Mr. Currier said.
Upon further warnings from the officer the man finally dropped the knife and immediately struck a Massena police officer in the head/neck area with a punch. The taser was then used and the suspect went down. As officers were trying to secure the suspect, he refused to allow officers to handcuff him by keeping his left hand underneath him. Officers were very concerned the suspect may have had additional weapons on his possession. Eventually officers were able to secure the suspect in handcuffs, he added.
Mr. Currier said early Friday evening the 46-year-old male was transported to the Massena Memorial Hospital Emergency Room and was there for several hours before being transported to A. Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, for psychiatric evaluation. Mr. Currier declined to identify the man Friday, but he said he will face numerous criminal charges when he is released from the hospital.
He said the three Massena police officers, whom he also declined to identify, were treated at Massena Memorial Hospital Emergency Room and released. One officer suffered an injury to his neck/head and two officers suffered injuries to their hands, according to the police chief.
It is never good when a police officer is injured performing their job and protecting people, he said. I commend these officers. This incident could have ended much differently, but these officers exercised great restraint and good judgment under dangerous and difficult circumstances, he said in an email.
The incident occurred on Main Street between Bridges Avenue and Harrowgate Commons.