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Suicidal man to Spokane Valley Deputies: 'I want to die. Kill me!'

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Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a suicidal person armed with a knife that cut both his wrists, stabbed himself in the chest and demanded deputies shoot him. Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a suicidal person armed with a knife that cut both his wrists, stabbed himself in the chest and demanded deputies shoot him.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Deputies in Spokane Valley were successful in preventing a suicidal man who had already cut his wrists and stabbed himself from further injuring himself Tuesday evening. 

"I want to die! Kill me!" is what the man was yelling when Corporal Jeff Thurman arrived at the home on East Appleway Tuesday. The man was standing in a zipped up tent, covered in blood and armed with a 4 " fixed-blade pleading with Thurman to kill him. 

A few minutes later, Deputy Sciortino arrived to back up Thurman. As Thurman approached the tent to try and open it, the man charged with the knife, but Corporal Thurman was able to jump back before being stabbed.  Deputies say the man began pressing the knife back and forth on his chest while saying "The only way I'm coming out is if you kill me." 

Fearing the man was about to stab himself, Deputy Sciortino cut open the tent. According the Sheriff's Office, the man then dropped the knife, picked up a razor blade, and began cutting his wrists. Deputy Sciortino sprayed pepper spray into the tent as the man continued to yell at the deputies to shoot him. When the pepper spray took effect, the man dropped the razor blade and came out of the tent. 

As Spokane Valley Fire personnel were treating the man, he became combative and again said he wanted them to kill him. Deputies were able to bring him under control and he was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation. His condition at this time is unknown. 

If you or something you know is contemplating suicide, know that help is available 24 hours a day by calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255.

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