DENTON, TX, May 6, 2023 – An investigation is underway after a suspect attempted to kill himself during a traffic stop.
At 2:17 a.m. Saturday, May 6, officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a speeding violation at W. Hickory Street and Carroll Boulevard. A male driver and a female passenger were in the vehicle.
The driver admitted to drinking at a bar prior to the traffic stop. Officers also learned that he was wanted out of Collin County on a probation violation warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Officers asked the driver to step out of the vehicle for field sobriety tests. Officers then saw a knife in his hand, which was positioned near his neck, and blood on his hand. The driver put the knife down when instructed to do so by officers. After the driver exited the vehicle, officers observed more blood actively coming from the right side of his neck. Officers asked the driver if he cut himself. He responded yes, and he additionally confirmed this had just occurred.
Officers called for medics and rendered aid while awaiting their arrival. The driver sustained life-threatening injuries due to a deep laceration in his neck. He was transported to a hospital, where he is currently being treated.
In an interview with the female passenger, she said the driver told her during the traffic stop that he knew about the warrant and did not want to go to prison. She said he then removed his holstered knife and cut his neck.
Due to the severity of the driver’s self-inflicted injury, Denton PD detectives and forensics personnel responded. The investigation is ongoing.