RPD: Man cuts own throat, contaminates police with his blood

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RENO, NV (KOLO)-- Several Reno Police Department officers had to be medically screened Wednesday after possibly being exposed to a bleeding man who had a communicable disease, police said.

This is a screenshot of a video by Jim Flansburg showing a man who had cut his own throat getting Tased by Reno Police Department officers.

The bleeding man cut his own throat with a knife and stood in the median of South Virginia Street near Moana Lane and refused to cooperate with police when they arrived, police said.

The man is in stable condition after going through surgery at Renown Regional Medical Center, police said.

The call to help the man came about 4:06 p.m. Wednesday as the man was holding a knife, bleeding from the neck and walking in front of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, police said. The man refused
instructions to drop the knife and turned towards officers, so police used a Taser on him, police said.

“As officers attempted to restrain the subject, he continued to fight with the officers, who became covered in the subject’s blood,” police said in a statement. “After minutes struggling with the subject, officers were able to handcuff him and provide him with immediate medical attention.”
The officers were not injured but went through the blood exposure protocol to be medically inspected, police said.

South Virginia Street was closed for blood decontamination by the Reno Fire Department but has since opened, police said.

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