Man taken into custody after allegedly trying to commit 'suicide by cop'

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
Bradley Slater (WRDW-TV)

Bradley Slater (WRDW-TV)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- An Augusta man was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly trying to commit "suicide by cop."

Two deputies arrived to reports of a domestic dispute on Bayvale Road around 10:30 p.m.

According to the incident report, deputies say they watched 54-year-old Bradley Slater push his wife into the home several times. When deputies approached Slater, they say he had his hand behind his back.

When asked by deputies to show his hands, Slater allegedly refused and walked into the kitchen, telling the deputies to get out of his house. According to the incident report, the deputies noticed he had a knife in his hand and ordered him to put it down.

When he didn't put the knife down, one of the deputies got out his service weapon and pointed it at Slater, telling him to put down the knife, according to the incident report. Slater allegedly told the deputy that if the deputy did not shoot him, he would kill the deputy.

The other deputy activated his Taser after repeated commands to Slater to drop the knife, according to the incident report. That's when Slater dropped the knife in the sink but tried to pick it up 20 seconds later, which is when the deputy deployed his Taser.

After being tased, Slater allegedly resisted deputies, which is when he was tased again.

According to the incident report, after a short struggle, Slater was put into handcuffs and taken to the Richmond County Jail.

After being taken into custody, Slater "spontaneously uttered" he was trying to commit "suicide by cop," according to the incident report.

Slater is charged with simple battery, terroristic threats and acts, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and obstructing/hindering a person from making an emergency call.

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