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Bloomington Police Try To Intervene In Fatal Self-Inflicted Stabbing

Bloomington Police Vehicle Parked Outside

The department says no officers discharged their duty weapons.  (WTIU/WFIU News)

The Bloomington Police Department says a 26-year-old man died Thursday after repeatedly stabbing himself, despite officers' efforts to intervene. 

A press release says officers responded to the 1800 block of W. Marquis Drive shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday following reports of a man who was behaving erratically, had slit his own throat and stabbed himself repeatedly.

When officers arrived, the man reportedly ran from the residence with a knife in hand. More police responded to the scene to try and locate him, as well as an ambulance. 

Officers who found the man asked him to drop the knife so he could go to the hospital, but say the man kept stabbing himself. The press release says they deployed "less-lethal drag-stabilized bean bag rounds" in an effort to get him to drop the knife. They say the man continued stabbing himself and told the officers "Just shoot me." But, the department says no officers discharged their duty weapons. 

Police say the man eventually dropped the knife and they carried him to an ambulance that rushed to IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Monroe County Coroner Joani Shields says preliminary autopsy results show the man died from multiple, self-inflicted stab wounds. 

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