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Madawaska officer saves individual from committing ‘suicide by cop’

MADAWASKA, Maine — According to a Madawaska Police Department Facebook post Tuesday afternoon, Officer Ryan Albert used quick thinking Saturday, Sept. 24, to protect himself and save the life of an individual who was attempting to commit suicide.

“Officer Ryan Albert was dispatched to an attempted suicide call with shots fired. What Officer Albert was unaware of at the time, was that the 21 year male was attempting to lure a Police Officer to the scene and then force the Officer to shoot him. This is more commonly called ‘suicide by cop’. Once Officer Albert arrived at the chaotic scene, he was approached by the subject who refused commands to remove his hands from his pocket. The subject continually screamed at Officer Albert that he was going to have to kill him. The male subject then quickly pulled his hand from his pocket with an item in his hand. Officer Albert made the split second decision not to fire. The item turned out to be a pack of cigarettes. Officer Albert determined a less than lethal response was required and deployed his taser to end the situation. The male subject was then transported to the Northern Maine Medical Center to receive mental health services.”

The post included a message of thanks and pride in Officer Albert’s actions. “We are proud of all of our Officers serving our community, and especially Officer Albert who showed courage and sound judgment in handling what could of have ended in tragedy.”

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