Grand Rapids Police Use Bean Bags Ammunition To Stop Suicidal Woman!

The Grand Rapids Police Department safely handled a report of a suicidal person by using bean bag ammunition to disarm the knife-wielding woman.



Officers were called about 6 p.m. to the area of Jefferson Avenue and Cherry Street SE on a report of a woman stabbing herself in what appeared to be a suicidal act.




She was standing near the intersection, holding a knife to her throat and asking officers to shoot her.

After talking with the 45-year-old woman for several minutes without any indication she was going to accept help, police fired four rounds of bean bag ammunition from a 12-gauge shotgun, striking her in the legs.




The woman involved in Thursday’s incident was taken to a nearby hospital for medical clearance and a mental evaluation.

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