A 47-year-old South Portland woman was taken to Maine Medical Center Wednesday afternoon for a mental health evaluation after police used a Taser to subdue her at her home.

Police said the woman called 911 from her apartment on Broadway shortly before 2:30 p.m. and said she had cut her wrists. The woman said she would attack police when they arrived so they would be forced to shoot her, according to Lt. Frank Clark of the South Portland Police Department.

When police arrived, they spoke to the woman through a closed door, according to Clark. Officers entered the apartment after the woman confirmed she had cut her wrists. The woman, who was standing 15 to 20 feet away from the officers, was holding two 8-to-9-inch kitchen knives, according to Clark.

When the woman moved toward the officers and raised the knives in a threatening manner, Officer Kevin Battle used a Taser to incapacitate and disarm her, according to police.

Police have not identified the woman, who has not been charged with any crime.


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