2nd 'Suicide by Cop' Attempt Tuesday; Charges Pending

A Brookfield man was Tased Tuesday in a second attempt to provoke police into ending his life.

Brookfield police responded to 370 Candlewood Lake Road again Tuesday evening for an almost identical situation as , in which the same local man by threatening officers with a knife.

On Tuesday, officers were again able to subdue the man without lethal force, however they once again were forced to Tase him before taking him into custody and to the hospital.

“It was an almost identical situation,” Brookfield police Capt. John Puglisi said Tuesday night. “He was intoxicated and had a knife.”

In the initial incident on Thursday, the man called Brookfield police dispatch stating that he intended to "commit suicide by cop," a means of suicide characterized by provoking law enforcment to shoot the person. According to Puglisi, that seemed to be his intention on Tuesday, as well.

The man was taken to Danbury Hospital again for treatment, however police are expected to file charges against him later this evening when he is released, Puglisi said.

Police have continued to withhold the man's name until charges are filed.

Check back with Brookfield Patch as more information about the incident and pending charges become available.

mike murphy July 24, 2012 at 10:46 PM
maybe he likes getting tased! but he'll have a new home for quite a while, courtesy of the state
ROBERT "BOB" APPLEBY July 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Thank You to our generally unappreciated Police Officers! 24/7 They're out there protect us, even protecting some people from themselves! I'm Bob Appleby and I approve this message.
Rob Gianazza July 24, 2012 at 11:54 PM
It is easy to make light of this, but in reality, this is no joking matter. This person obviously is crying out for help and not getting it. I applaud the Brookfield Police in their professional manner of dealing with a difficult situation and request that our neighbors take a similar approach.
bob Neal July 25, 2012 at 12:12 AM
And these two incidents will cost us in Brookfield how much.....frankly its a that whatever tools need to not have to deal with this twice are not available
Andrew Turkenkopf July 25, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Perhaps certain political parties policies of cutting funding to mental health institutions should be rethought? . .. .
Michael Gianfranceschi July 25, 2012 at 01:42 AM
maybe people who shouldn't drink ..... shouldn't drink... try some personal responsibility you might like it
Peter NAPOLI July 25, 2012 at 04:56 AM
correctly stated, Mike........there is always someone to blame it on politics instead of taking personal responsibility for one's actions..
Michelle July 25, 2012 at 06:37 AM
It is sadly obvious that this particular gentleman is crying out for help. And help, I wish him. However, twice now is eyebrow raising. I agree that some personal responsibility should be at hand. Another job well done by our town police department. I wish this person remedy of what ails him and peace.
Peter NAPOLI July 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Yes...I agree, the man needs psychiatric help. So give it to him, but don't tell me he will be dumped on the street because money has been cut from the budget. That is not directed at you Michelle.
Andrew Turkenkopf July 25, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I'm just suggesting it is shortsighted to cut the budgets for mental health and substance abuse treatment without expecting an increase of incidents like these, as people are left un-diagnosed and untreated. And as for "but don't tell me he will be dumped on the street because money has been cut from the budget" Fine, i won't. Because I didn't say anything to the sort. More like he will self-medicate with alcohol and try to commit suicide by cop. It is a sad fact that in order to get proper drug/mental health treatment (either through state or private insurer) one essentially has to 'relapse' or fail after multiple shorter term options, until it is deemed they need to long term stuff. One would assume that if one needed treatment, but a 28 day stay wasn't enough, they might amplify the magnitude of certain misdeeds in order to draw the attention that will get them proper care. And no need to be trite about someone's drinking problem. . . it is not always as simple as you might presume.
Rob Gianazza July 25, 2012 at 03:04 PM
There seems to be a lot of discussion about budgets and healthcare. First off, depression often goes undiagnosed. It is up to the patient to "check-in" to a facility voluntarily unless they are deemed a danger to others or themselves. Once they arrive at a crisis center, they can only be "retained" as long as they are still considered to be in danger. If you are speaking about healthcare hospitals, then these facilities are paid for by health insurance or by the individual.
Andrew Turkenkopf July 25, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I was just commenting on the general state of mental health care and substance abuse treatment funding. And using this as a possible illustrating case. But many people with mental health problems without insurance or bad insurance don't check themselves in because they can't afford it and insurance doesn't cover it . . . returning to my previous statements re: funding of such services. It is pretty simple.
mike murphy July 25, 2012 at 08:50 PM
he will go to the state mental hospital eventually, but 1st he will go to Garner C.I. for the mentally handicapped. where ever the keep him until he is sentenced, has a physc ward
mike murphy July 25, 2012 at 08:59 PM
he will get plenty of help from the state and it will be for much longer than a 28 day in house re hab. even though this came to a head on last Thursday the problem was festering inside him for quite a while. probably since before he got laid off! maybe his drinking was the reason he was let go, you never know. and you are 110% correct in saying the alcoholism is not a trite problem. most people think it is a weakness, when actually it is a disease that kills more people every year than many cancers do
Michael February 08, 2013 at 10:31 AM
It is sad how people can speculate on a person while not fully understanding the situation. I know this man personally and he has a problem. And the state has not given him help. He is brought to danbury hospital then released on the streets when he is no longer intoxicated. Nobody took it apon themselves to contact mcca which is a local rehabilitation center that works with danbury hospital to help this man. Also i dont understand why this turned into a conversation about budget, coming from people who do alot of good talking but never act. If you really cared you would get from behind your computer and reach out to help this man or fix the budget your so concerned about.
mike murphy February 08, 2013 at 07:48 PM
i know this man and he needs serious help. these 2 incidents cost the town of Brookfield ZILCH, NOTHING he was taken to the ER by the police, so there is no lost money to the volunteer ambulance. there were no riots in town that day that the police had to leave to help this poor man. you must realize, not every person in Brookfield is leading a middle class and above lifestyle in our sleepy little town. while MCCA is a wonderful organization, which have saved many a life in our area and beyond, it is not free ! although i'm sure there are exceptions. his only other choice was to try to get admitted to the State Hospital in Middletown or go to jail! and jail sucks as they couldn't care how badly a person is detoxing, they can't help or won't help you get over the hump, a hump that can kill a person if not medically treated. he's probably sitting in Bridgeport right now waiting for his day in court, which could lead to months. Alcoholism is a disease, not a weakness and this man needs counseling, not criticism. a disease as much as cancer or any other life threatening illness. and people should treat it as a disease , with respect, sorrow and prayer that one more person can be healed from a life threatening illness. it cost Brookfield and it's citizens not a single penny
mike murphy February 08, 2013 at 07:57 PM
many people who suffer from addictions, no longer wish to feed their habit. it may have been this man's personnal responsibility 30 or so years ago, but today he has no choice but to get his drink if he wants to be able to function at all. this is not a political problem, by no stretch of the imagination! it is a case of a person fighting his personal demons, that might be so deep in his brain that he might not be able to get help. a man who wants suicide by cops, doesn't want to necessarily die, but only be removed from the life he is leading.
mike murphy February 08, 2013 at 08:03 PM
he won't be thrown in the streets, prison? maybe. most of the cuts to mental health care were aimed to rid the system of freeloaders, who would rather stay in a mental ward than make something of themselves. 3 hots and a cot doesn't only refer to prison. besides Obama won the election so most of Romney's cuts are passe'
Dr. Robin Appleby February 08, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Andrew.....you are correct. In the 1960s and 1970s the liberals in this country got the good idea of emptying the mental institutions and turning the mentally ill out in the streets....Schizophrenics hearing voices and talking to themselves became the new homeless and a danger to themselves and society. And can you believe it, they didn't always remember to take their meds Check out the whole liberal campaign to close the mental institutions. You weren't around but start with Geraldo Rivera and his work and "One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest". It was just another liberal "good idea" that had no scientific backing, sort of like androgenic global warming, gun-free zones, and all the other goofy ideas you believe in. Now many of the mentally ill are in prisons, like in the 1840s and 1850s that Dickens wrote about. I will be writing about this is the future.....go and see whose great idea it was to close the mental institutions......hint....it wasn't the Republicans' idea.
mike murphy February 08, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Michael, i know him also, and sometimes one's addiction can't be corrected. you could put a person like him away for 20 years and the first thing he would do when he got out, would be head to the liquor store. he hates the life he's living, that is why he calls for help. he'd rather be dead, than to stay in the condition he was in. but somewhere in his brain, far from the reach of any Doctor lives a demon that forces him to pick up again, hopefully he'll get the right help this time, but in conservations i've had with him in the past alcohol is first and foremost on his mind. he suffers from a disease, that unfortunitly might be terminal in his case. the budget has nothing to do with people with his case or any other people in the same boat as he's in. that's right wing talk. take way from those who need help, just don't raise our taxes to help that person


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