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A man, who stabbed himself and threw pieces of his skin and intestines at cops while they were trying to subdue him, was hospitalized in critical condition Monday, officials said.
Officers found 43-year-old Wayne Carter on Sunday morning, when they responded to reports of a man barricaded in a room in Hackensack, New Jersey while threatening to hurt himself, Lt. John Heinemann said.
Two police officers kicked in the door and saw Carter in a corner, holding a knife, police said. Carter, ignoring officers' orders to drop the knife, stood up and stabbed himself in the abdomen, legs and neck, police said.
Carter yelled at the officers and took an aggressive stance. Officers used pepper spray in an attempt to subdue him, but it had no effect, Heinemann said.
Police said Carter then cut pieces of his skin and intestines, and threw them at the agents.
The officers decided to retreat and called in a SWAT team of Bergen County, Heinemann said. Carter was eventually subdued and was taken to a hospital just before midnight.
No charges have been filed because of the unusual nature of the case, Heinemann said. He said he believes drug use or mental illness may have contributed to Carter's behavior, but that has not been confirmed.
Carter had been arrested in the past for aggravated assault and resisting arrest.