Crime & Courts

Knife-wielding man dies in Union County subdivision

The State Bureau of Investigation will look into the death of a knife-wielding man whom Union County sheriff’s deputies tried to take into custody late Monday.

Shortly before midnight, deputies were dispatched to the Silver Creek subdivision off New Town Road regarding a person who had cut himself and was walking through the neighborhood with a knife. New Town Road is off Waxhaw Indian Trail Road.

Deputies tracked the man into woods behind a house on High Brook Drive, where he was found injured and armed with a knife, the sheriff’s office said in a news release early Tuesday.

The officers struggled with the man while trying to disarm him but were eventually able to handcuff him, according to the sheriff’s office. The man had a severe laceration to his neck area. Paramedics entered the woods and pronounced the man dead about 12:30 a.m.

The man lived in the nearby Berkshire neighborhood and had reportedly made comments to his parents about hurting himself, the sheriff’s office said. The man retrieved a knife from the kitchen, went outside and walked into the neighboring Silver Creek community, where residents and deputies saw him walking down the road.

Because the death occurred while the deputies were trying to take the man into custody, Sheriff Eddie Cathey requested the SBI conduct an independent criminal investigation.

Authorities have yet to release the names of the deputies involved or the name of the man who died.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak