Anchorage police tased a man in Mountain View early Wednesday holding a knife and threatening to take his own life, after two people who tried to intervene were injured.

Officers first responded shortly before midnight to reports of the man, at the Loko Moko restaurant at 4040 Mountain View Dr., said APD spokeswoman Kendra Doshier.

“The building was evacuated and two adults were treated for minor non-life threatening injuries sustained from trying to take the knife away from the man,” Doshier wrote in an email.

Speaking by phone, Doshier emphasized that the treated people weren’t intentionally attacked by the man.

“They were trying to take the weapon away from the man but they were unable to do that, so they did sustain injuries trying to help,” Doshier said.

Responding officers negotiated with the man for about 45 minutes before he was tased.

“He was not very responsive, not willing to surrender his weapon and very much making suicidal threats,” Doshier said. “They chose the non-lethal option, to deploy their tasers, so they could get him to release the weapon.”

Medics took the man to a local hospital for treatment of self-inflicted injuries, Doshier said. He wasn’t identified because no charges are expected to be filed against him.

Police urge people not to put themselves at risk in situations where armed people threaten to kill themselves.

“Definitely call the police right away, so we can try to get there and negotiate and try to de-escalate the situation,” Doshier said. “Don’t approach someone who has a weapon.”

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