Auburn police use stun gun on teen threatening suicide


AUBURN — Police in Auburn used a stun gun to subdue a 17-year-old male who was threatening to kill himself with a knife.

The teen was not injured and transported to St. Mary’s Regional Hospital in Lewiston for a mental health evaluation, according to Deputy Chief Jason Moen of the Auburn Police Department. Moen said that officers involved in the incident called him at about 9 p.m. He said that the officers responded to reports of a distraught teen on Library Avenue. When they arrived, the boy put a knife to his throat and threatened to commit suicide.

An officer used his stun gun, according to department policies and procedures, Moen said, adding that the small barbs shot into the boy from the stun gun — similar to small fish hooks — were removed at the scene.