COALMONT -- A 30-year-old Coalmont man was taken into custody early Wednesday after officers responded to a call that the man was outside in the front yard of a residence allegedly cutting himself.
Christopher E. McKinley was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of public intoxication and resisting law enforcement.
Jasonville Police Department Officer Mike Ladson, the first officer to arrive on the scene at 6134 W. Coalmont Public Road, received the dispatch around 2 a.m.
When Ladson arrived, he found McKinley and a female sitting in a white passenger car parked on the roadside in front of the residence. McKinley was in the passenger seat.
Ladson reported when he approached the passenger side of the vehicle, he observed McKinley had blood all over his clothing and the dashboard of the car and that he had multiple lacerations to his arms and hands.
The officer attempted to open the passenger door to speak to McKinley, but the door was locked.
Ladson requested additional assistance and units from the Clay County Sheriff's Department and JPD Assistant Chief James Gadberry were dispatched to the scene.
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton was briefed on the situation when he arrived on the scene, along with other Clay County deputies.
According to a JPD report, officers spent more than 20 minutes trying to reason with McKinley through the open car door on the driver's side of the vehicle.
Believing he still possessed an alleged weapon, they were attempting to disarm him and get medical attention for him.
Once there appeared to be no resolution, officers obtained a key to the car, unlocked the door on the passenger side and opened it.
Ladson asked McKinley to exit the vehicle twice and get on the ground, but McKinley refused to comply.
The JPD report stated due to a knife being on the dash of the vehicle and McKinley having self-inflicted wounds imposing a bloodborne safety issue for officers, he was given a final command to exit the vehicle.
He failed to comply and was given the "Taser" warning three times before receiving one shot from Ladson's X-26 taser.
McKinley was then removed from the vehicle and restrained with no further incident.
He received medical attention on the scene from TransCare for the self-inflicted wounds before he was transported to the Clay County Justice Center.
Police reported McKinley field-tested at .32 BAC (Blood-Alcohol Content).