It could have been a deadly confrontation but Roseville police used a Taser to stop a suicidal man last Friday night.
Officers were called to a house on Ridgemont Street in Roseville. They were confronted by an armed 41-year-old man who appeared determined to have police kill him.
Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said his officers used restraint, despite the man's intentions.
"A man called claiming he had a gun and said he would kill the first cop he saw and that he wanted to die. He had a white tee shirt on with a big X drawn on it. He told us later he wanted to give us a point of aim to take him out," Berlin said.
A two-hour standoff reached its conclusion when the armed man confronted one officer and another officer fired a Taser at the man, forcing him to the ground, where officers disarmed him and took him into custody.
Chief Berlin said his officers did not take the easy way out.
"We're often being accused of being trigger-happy and what have you and this is a perfect case that shows we are not. We did everything we did to take this man into custody and get him the help that he needed," Berlin said.
The man was taken to a nearby hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.