Police: Man harms self when confronted by officers trying to serve warrants

Virginia Beach police on the scene of an incident at the Oceanfront in which a person was injured. Police say a felony warrant was being served on 20th Street. Credit: WAVY/Larry Carney.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach police say a man harmed himself when confronted by police as they tried to serve felony warrants Friday at the Oceanfront.

The incident happened just before noon Friday.

According to police, officers were trying to serve several outstanding felony warrants from another jurisdiction at the Sundial Inn. The suspect reportedly ran as officers pursued him for a short distance. When police cornered the man on 20th Street, they say the man abruptly stopped, pulled out a knife and put it to his throat, threatening to harm himself.

According to police, officers negotiated with the man to drop the weapon and tried to disarm and subdue him with rubber bullets. Police say the man then harmed himself. Officers immediately began life-saving measures and an off duty EMS worker nearby joined in to help.

The man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“I saw everything,” said witness Luca Fausto. “I saw him standing and he said something to police and police said something to him.”

Fausto on vacation from Holland was standing on 20th Street when he saw police corner the man.

“I was excited, because I saw a police man with a gun so I said, ‘What’s going on?'” Fausto told WAVY’s Jason Marks.

Fausto and his family watched as police — with guns drawn — tried to arrest the man.

“I saw this guy standing over there with a knife on his throat and a police officer was shouting, ‘Put it down, put it down,’ but he didn’t put it down,” said Matteo Fausto. “Then they took a shot with a rubber bullet. There was a lot of smoke and the guy fell on the ground and the police officers jumped on to him.”

The suspect didn’t have a gun. Police have not yet said what he was wanted for to begin with.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.

Credit: WAVY/Larry Carney.