MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Morris Township Police responded to a situation at Monroe Street where a male was making comments about "wanting to die and hearing voices". Upon arrival, police officers saw a 27 year old Morristown male stabbing himself with a broken bottle.
Morris Township Officers O’Hare, Dombrowski, Farrell, Hydock and Gonzalez were joined by Morristown Police Officers Lamperti, Birch, Cerrick, Delossantos, and Briscoe. According to reports, the officers on the scene continued to order the male to drop the broken bottle and stop hurting himself. There were visible lacerations to his body and he continued to stab himself in the chest with the broken bottle, refusing to cooperate with the officers, stated police.
After twenty minutes of trying to convince the man to drop the bottle which was unsuccessful, Officer Hydock of the Morris Township Police Department warned that he would use a device called the FN303, said police. The man dropped the bottle and was taken to Morristown Medical Center for treatment and evaluation.
The device, a FN303, projects a non-penetrating plastic projectile that causes temporary discomfort. According to authorities, the device was not fired, however the warning to use the device was enough for the male to drop the broken bottle. The FN303 is just one of several non-lethal devices the Morris Township Police have acquired in order to have options other than lethal force when dealing with violent individuals.
"All officers on the scene were in potential danger of this male directing his violent behavior towards them", said Captain Mark DiCarlo. "I am proud to recognize the officers of both Morristown and Morris Township Police for maintaining their primary responsibility of “preserving Life” and providing much needed mental and medical assistance to the individual."