Two Ithaca Police officers were injured Friday afternoon when attempting to serve a mental health order mandating a person be taken to the hospital for evaluation.
The person was located by officers in the lobby of a business in the 1-HUNDRED block of East Seneca Street. As officers began speaking to him, the man became disruptive and hostile and repeatedly threatened to kill both officers, while begging for them to kill him. The man then punched one of the officers in the face and threw the other to the ground as they attempted to place him in handcuffs. The subject did not respond to being tasered and continued to punch and kick at the officers, requesting they kill him. At one point, the subject grabbed a hold of the butt of one of the officer’s handguns while it was in its holster and told police “they were either going to have to kill him or he was going to kill them.” After several more minutes of struggling with the subject, police were finally able to place him into custody and have him transported to a local hospital.
The officers were also taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.
The name of the subject is not being released at this time as he has not been charged with a crime. The Ithaca Police Department is consulting with the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office on appropriate charges.