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CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) — Coral Gables residents were put on edge after a bloodied man was carrying a weapon and reportedly chasing after cars.

It happened Thursday afternoon near the Publix at 2551 South LeJeune Road.

“I saw a man walking around with his tongue hanging out, throat cut, sliced arms,” said Chris Fennel, who was working in the area. “He had a knife in his hand, blood dripping from the knife and from his hands.”

Officers responded within a minute and confronted the man, believed to be in his 40’s or 50’s, covered in blood and a carrying a “six-inch blade.”

“There was actually blood on the officer’s car because the individual was then starting to charge the officers as they arrived,” said Coral Gables Police Chief Edward J. Hudak. “The officers with the Coral Gables Police Department deployed their tasers. Several officers did.”

Not only did the officers show restraint by not firing their weapons, they likely saved the man’s life.

“After deploying their tasers several times to get him to drop the knife, they actually rendered first aid to the point where two officers applied a brachial artery stop to stop him from bleeding out from his wrists,” Hudak noted.

Adding to the situation’s difficulty, Chief Hudak said they received several 911 calls from people who thought it was a holiday prank.

“Like a Halloween movie,” said Fennel. “That was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. It gave me chills.”

Police believe the wounds were self-inflicted and this was a suicide attempt. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Comments (17)
  1. ronald says:

    Why? Now he’s going to continue getting welfare!

  2. Tom says:

    Hmmm, no description of the perp. You know what I’m thinking?

    1. Sigmund says:

      Probably Mormon terrorist right?

  3. YoureSoakingInIt says:

    Sounds like “bath salts” again.

  4. kitcha says:

    What is his name, age? Where does he live? why was he bleeding with his throat cut? Where is the story?

  5. Curmudgeon10 says:

    Another good reason to legalize drugs to this poor man doesn’t end up with a criminal record, at least for the drugs he loves.

    1. ElSrCOJones says:

      This is not a good reason to legalize drugs. He is mentally incompetent to say the least. Don’t even try that line. You want to take drugs, go right ahead. and send your loved ones into a living hell you pos

  6. Philip Nolan says:

    I really don’t like the idea of taxpayers having to spend money to support this guy for another 40 years. If he wanted to kill himself he should have been allowed to die.

  7. Diane Watson says:

    Damn cops at it again. They should never have taxed him or harmed him in any way. They should have just talked him down,,,,yeah that’s it.

  8. Diane Watson says:

    Colin K is gonna be very angry now.

  9. Charles Lee Ray says:

    7-11 must have been out of Skittles.

  10. John Oakman says:

    So now we have to continue to support this DimoRat.

  11. Joe Campbell says:

    No name or description says a lot…

  12. carolina rodriguez says:

    This men is a fried. He lost his son in a tragic accident less than a month ago. He is a tax payer, a good person and nobody should be ditching comments like the ones I am reading here on another human being. Very unfortunate he could not bear or support this loss in a different way. He is know fighting for his life of his loved ones