Bath police said they used a Taser to subdue a possibly suicidal man Friday.

According to police, they were told that the 22-year-old man was walking toward Bath Shopping Center shortly before 2 p.m. Friday and that the man had told others he had nothing to live for and wanted to be arrested.

Bath Police Cpl. Michelle Small said she saw a man matching the person’s description carrying a bat on Court Street, and when she stopped her cruiser next to him, he smashed the mirror on the passenger side. She got out of her cruiser and was joined by another officer, Shaun Cavanaugh. Both officers tried to talk to the man and told him several times to drop the bat, police said, but when he threw that bat at Cavanaugh instead, Small used her Taser to subdue the man.

The man was taken into protective custody and driven to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. While there, he punched Cavanaugh in the head, police said. Cavanaugh was not injured, according to police.

Police said the case is being reviewed and charges may be filed.

Edward D. Murphy can be contacted at 791-6465 or

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