A man who was reportedly threatening to kill himself with a knife was taken into custody early Thursday afternoon, Nov. 3, after police used a stun gun to subdue him.

Interim Belfast Police Chief Walter Corey said the man, whom he declined to identify, called his probation officer and made statements to the effect that he wanted to kill himself.

“He said he had a knife, and that he was going to cut his throat and stab himself in the stomach,” said Corey. Corey said the man additionally told his probation officer he was hiding in the bushes at the corner of Pendleton Lane and High Street.

Officers from multiple agencies — Maine State Police and Lincolnville Police Department personnel, in addition to Belfast officers — responded to the scene, and tried to get the unidentified man to come out and give up the knife.

After a short period of time, according to Corey, the man began to move out of the bushes and appeared to be handing the knife over — although police say he did not let go of it. One officer was receiving the knife from the man, but because the man reportedly would not release it entirely, police opted to use a stun gun rather than attempt to subdue him with physical force.

Corey said the man was not seriously injured, and was taken to Waldo County General Hospital.