Richmond police calm bloodied, axe-wielding man

Richmond police calm bloodied, axe-wielding man

Richmond police officers trained in crisis intervention tactics are receiving praise for their handling of a wild incident last week involving an axe-wielding man who was destroying items in front of his home.

Officers were called to the 400 block of S. 26th Street about 8:20 p.m. on Friday about the man’s actions, which were scaring neighbors, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

When officers arrived, the man’s face was bleeding in what appeared to be a self-inflicted injury, Tan said. It also appeared the man was suffering from a mental illness and was under the influence of a controlled substance.

“Officers utilized what they learned in crisis intervention training (CIT) and calmed the individual down,” Tan said.

The man was treated for his injuries and then taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

“We are happy to report that nobody else was injured in this incident and we’re proud of our officers’ patience,” Tan said, adding that RPD does ample CIT training to better communicate with the city’s mentally ill population.