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Cops thwart suicide try

Subdue allegedly 'despondent' teen

Police escort a young man they subdued after an alleged suicide attempt to an ambulance yesterday. He was transported to Harrington Hospital for treatment of injuries and evaluation. Walter Bird Jr. photo. (click for larger version)
May 28, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — Tragedy was averted yesterday when police subdued a "despondent" teenager who had threatened to kill himself.

The dramatic scene unfolded shortly before 1 p.m. at 3 Colonial Drive, a house owned by School Committee Vice Chairman David DiGregorio, after police responded to a 911 call from an 18-year-old man threatening to slice his own throat.

What started as a confrontation inside the house between police and the man, spilled outside onto the lawn, where four police officers ended up having to pin him down on the lawn until an ambulance arrived.

"We had a man who was despondent over some sort of relationship problem," Sgt. Brian Haggerty said, without delving into specifics.

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