Police: Taser deployed on man who tried to saw off his own arm with hacksaw


NEWTON, N.C. - Newton police said they responded to a report of a man who was attempting to saw off his own arm with a hacksaw.

Police said that Danny Poovey arrived at the police station on Sept. 12 and told them that his son, Nathan, was attempting to harm himself with a screwdriver and a hacksaw at their home.

Officers said when they arrived at the home, Nathan Poovey was sawing his right arm. 

Police said Poovey approached the officers in a “threatening manner” with the saw when they told him to drop it.

Police said they Tased Poovey, who then picked up a frying pan and continued to approach the officers.  They again Tased Poovey and were able to restrain him, police said.

Paramedics were called and transported Poovey to Catawba Valley Medical Center, where he is in critical condition.