VIDEO: Man With Knives Moves Toward Cops, Gets Saved At Last Second


Officers were able to take down a knife-wielding man determined to commit suicide-by-cop.

East Haven, CT – A suicidal man armed with knives begged police to kill him in an apartment building on Messina Drive in East Haven on Tuesday morning (video below).

East Haven Police Officers David Delgado and William Coppola responded to a call for a man with several large knives threatening people at about 4:27 a.m. on March 13, according to the East Haven Patch.

Bodycam footage released by the police showed Officers Delgado and Coppola traveling up multiple flights of stairs with their weapons drawn, as the dispatcher notified them that the call they were responding to was possibly a “suicide-by-cop.”

When they reached the seventh floor, officers turned down the volume on their radios and crept into the hallway to where 911 callers had reported a man with knives sitting outside the elevators.

The man could be heard wailing on the bodycam videos before police could even see him.

“Hey, what’s going on buddy? Talk to me. Drop the knife. Drop the knife buddy,” Officer Delgado said calmly, when he encountered the sobbing, armed man.

“Put the knives on the ground,” Officer Coppola can be heard saying in the video.

“What’s your name? What’s your name, buddy?” Officer Delgado asked.

The man told police his name, and then he began to stand up, holding a large knife in each hand, the video showed.

“Kill me,” the man said as he approached the police officers.

“No, we’re not going to kill you. We’re not going to kill you,” Officer Delgado told him.

The officers advised the man to put the knives on the ground several times as he started moving towards them. An officer was quickly able to transition to a Taser before deadly force was necessary.

“Owwww!” the man cried as the Taser deployed, dropping the man to the floor.

“Officer Delgado made the decision to holster his firearm and deploy his department issued Taser, which immediately incapacitated the individual, giving the officers an opportunity to move in and secure the knives,” the East Haven Police Department said in a statement that accompanied the video they posted to YouTube.

“Once the knives were secure, Officers Delgado and Coppola were able to apprehend the individual without further incident,” the department said.

It took officers a minute to get handcuffs on the man, but they appeared to do so very gently, and almost kindly, as the man moaned and groaned on the floor.

As officers subdued and handcuffed the obviously emotionally-disturbed man, he cried.

“Why didn’t you kill me?” the man asked.

“I didn’t, buddy,” the cop replied, as they rolled him onto his stomach.

You can see the video of the incident below:

Comments (8)
No. 1-8

This ladies and gentlemen is what all of us cops want the outcome to be...great job! But! this does not happen all the time. Officers had a great situation becuase the subject was only wearing t-shirt so the
prongs went through. Switch this
scenario to outside with someone with a heavy coat the
taser would have probably not
worked!. Good job! This is what 100% of cops want the outcome to be...Cops dont go out there looking to shoot anyone!


Great job officers! This officer was able to deploy his taser effectively. Had he been without back up and the subject had dressed with heavier clothing, the officers only recourse could have been to use lethal force. This officer has compassion and used good judgement


Yes great job!! You see not not all cops are killers as they are potraid to be. 🙏🙏🙏💙

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

"Engage your brain before you engage your weapon." James Mattis They certainly did. It's fortunate that they had a taser and that it was effective. The tragedies occur when they don't have the tools or they don't work.


Great job officers!!!


Atta Boy Officers. This is what "to serve and to protect" is all about. This the outcome officers are looking for, when confronted with a possible deadly, officer involved scenario.


Where are those idiots that always comment on here when things don't go how they wanted them to go? I sure hope those clowns make a good comment for a change, but they probably won't. Great job!


Kudos to these cool headed officers. Happy to see them on a call they can feel good about the outcome.