Non-lethal bean bag rounds used to disarm suicidal man

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police used non-lethal bean bag rounds to force a man to drop a knife after stating he wanted officers to kill him.

Police were called to the 2100 block of Palace Avenue SW around 10:45 p.m. Thursday for a suicidal welfare check.

According to a release from Grand Rapids police, a 58-year-old man who had been involved in a domestic argument was making statements about having the police come in to get him and that he wanted to die.

After several attempts to get the man to come out of the house, he finally came out armed with a knife.

Officers say they tried to get him to drop the knife, but he went back in the house. He then came out a second time, still holding the knife.

Officers once again tried to get him to drop it, but when he didn’t police say they used non-lethal bean bag rounds to get the knife out of his hand.

The man was taken into protective custody and brought to a hospital for treatment.

Police say no one else was inside the home at the time of the incident.