WILLMAR — Willmar police officers used a Taser stun gun against a 40-year-old Willmar woman Wednesday morning after verbal de-escalation techniques did not work, according to Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt.
According to Felt, officers were asked to do a welfare check on the woman around 11:25 a.m. after being contacted by an acquaintance of the woman who told law enforcement the woman was reporting suicidal thoughts and the acquaintance could no longer reach her.
Officers responded to the woman’s residence on the 600 block of Second Street Southwest where they found the woman.
According to the Felt, while officers were talking to her, she produced a knife and held it to her neck.
Officers used verbal de-escalation techniques and separated the woman from another family member for safety, according to Felt.
When the woman did not respond to de-escalation or comply, officers were able to get into position to use a Taser to temporarily incapacitate the individual, according to Felt.
The woman was transported to Carris Health-Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for a mental health evaluation.
According to Felt, no one was injured during the incident and no charges are expected at this time.