On October 15, 2020 at approximately 4:14PM, Watertown Police Officers and a Codington County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a residence in Northwest Watertown. A man in his twenties was threatening suicide with a knife. Responding units were notified that the man was threatening “Suicide by Cop.”
Upon arrival, the man was located outside the residence. The man was holding a large kitchen butcher knife. He would put the knife to his throat and stomach. He was in a mental health crisis and agitated. At one point he walked aggressively toward the officers.
Officers and the Deputy utilized de-escalation tactics while communicating with the man. A rapport was established and the man eventually threw the knife down. He was taken into protective custody. He was transported to the Codington County Detention Center to be evaluated by a Mental Health Professional.