HACKENSACK, N.J. -- City police were able to help a suicidal city man to safety after what police described “several tense minutes” of intervention.

Before 10 a.m. Wednesday, several Hackensack police responded to the home of a suicidal man who had multiple self-inflicted stab wounds.

Upon arrival, police found the man in his kitchen holding a knife. His neck was bleeding while he sat crying and shaking. While the officers worked to defuse the situation by talking him down and asking him to put the knife down, he refused. After “several tense minutes” three police officers moved in unison towards the distressed man; one grabbed his hand while the other two successfully removed the knife after a brief struggle.

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While the man continued to kick and struggle, police officers summoned an ambulance which transported him to a nearby hospital for an evaluation and treatment for non-threatening wounds.      
Detective Captain Darrin DeWitt praised the officers for their “tremendous show of restraint and professionalism.”

“They put their own safety at risk and, when it was all done, they were just happy that the person is getting the help he needs," said DeWitt.

While the cause of the suicide attempt was not clear, doctors at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek told ABC News that they have seen more deaths by suicide during the quarantine than deaths from the Covid-19 virus.

This past spring, a 12-year-old boy from Aledo, Texas died by suicide after hanging himself -- an act his father blamed the otherwise happy and healthy boy on the coronavirus pandemic. 

Also this spring, the Manhattan medical community saw a suicide after Dr. Lorna M. Breen, a top E.R. doctor who treated coronavirus patients, took her own life in the midst of the incessant tragedy and chaos.