Posted: May 20, 2013 2:38 PM by MTN News
Updated: May 20, 2013 2:56 PM
BILLINGS - An Arkansas man stabbed himself after police unsuccessfully Tasered him after an altercation Monday afternoon that involved him being removed from the Federal Building.
Shortly after noon Monday, deputy U.S. marshals removed Richard Jackson, 50, from the Federal Building, according to Billings Police Chief Rich St. John. A news release says Jackson was intoxicated.
Police officers were called to assist after it appeared Jackson might have needed to be transported to the Crisis Center. While outside, Jackson drew a knife and pointed it at the deputy marshals. The marshals then drew their weapons.
When a Billings police officer arrived on scene, he deployed his Taser twice on Jackson, but Jackson used his coat to deflect the probes, St. John said. At that point, Jackson turned the knife on himself and stabbed himself five times in the upper chest.
Jackson stopped breathing, but medical personnel arrived on scene and stabilized him. He was transported to Billings Clinic.
The incident remains under investigation.