A man who stabbed himself and threw pieces of his skin and intestines at police officers trying to subdue him was hospitalized in critical condition on Monday, authorities said.
Two officers kicked in the door and saw Carter in a corner, holding a knife in his hand, police said. Carter, ignoring the officers’ orders to drop the knife, stood up and stabbed himself in the abdomen, legs and neck, they said.
The officers decided to retreat and call in the Bergen County SWAT team, Heinemann said. Carter finally was restrained and was taken to a hospital just before midnight.
The Cliffview Pilot reported that he punctured his small intestine and sliced through a major stomach artery.
Police said the man has a history of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and has previously been taken to the hospital for psychiatric reasons.
Records show he spent nearly a month in the county jail last year after he resisted arrest and made terroristic threats, the Pilot reported.
Authorities are now awaiting the results of blood tests to determine whether he had any drugs in his system at the time of the incident.