An encounter by officers with a man who had injured himself during a mental-health crisis ended peacefully on Friday at East Beach in Santa Barbara, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.
Officers and other emergency personnel were dispatched shortly after 10 a.m. to the intersection of Calle Cesar Chavez and Cabrillo Boulevard on a report of a man bleeding from a neck laceration, said Asst. Police Chief Kenneth Kushner.
They located the shirtless man, who was “armed with several razor blades and confrontational with officers,” on the beach Kushner said.
“The individual appeared in crisis and made statements indicating he had cut himself.”
The man, covered in blood, refused to drop the razor blades, Kushner said, and officers “began to engage him in dialogue to de-escalate this highly volatile scenario.”
Shortly after 11 a.m., the officers were able to convince the man to discard the razor blades, and he was taken into custody.
The man, whose name was not released, also had a parole warrant out for his arrest, Kushner added.