ONLY ON CVP: An emotionally troubled man with a history of violence cut out parts of his intestines with a 12-inch knife and threw them at police during a late-night standoff that ended when Bergen County SWAT team members stormed the Hackensack house.
CLIFFVIEW PILOT EXCLUSIVE: It was uncertain Monday night whether Wayne Carter would survive his injuries after puncturing his small intestine and slicing a major artery to his stomach during a standoff with police that ended when the Bergen County Police Department’s SWAT team stormed the Hackensack house where he was staying. READ MORE….
“The scene was a bloody mess,” a police official told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “The SWAT team members had to be decontaminated due to the amount of blood.”
Wayne Carter, 43, remained in critical condition at Hackensack University Medical Center this afternoon following emergency surgery just after midnight.
The incident began less than an hour earlier, when a 911 call came in to Hackensack police that a man was cutting himself with a large knife, records show.
When officers arrived at the single-family home on Clay Street, four blocks north of Hackensack High School, the 6-foot-3-inch Carter began waving the large knife and a hammer at police.
“They tried to talk him down, but they were having no luck. He was slashing at them with the knife,” Hackensack Police Lt. Timothy Lloyd told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “The officers took the prudent step of backing off and calling in the [Bergen County PD] SWAT team.”
They arrived at 11:40 and, using beanbag projectiles, disarmed the man.
“His intestines were literally hanging out” when he was taken to the hospital, one police official told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Lloyd acknowledged that the man — whom CLIFFVIEW PILOT later identified as Carter — had to be “wrapped up” before being taken away.
“Our officers handled themselves extremely well, given what they faced,” the lieutenant said. “It should be noted that it was a great job by the Bergen County SWAT team, as always.”
Carter’s rap sheet shows a history of violence dating back to 1999, including arrests for aggravated assault on police, resisting arrest, making threats and disorderly conduct.
Carter spent nearly a month in the county jail late last year after a November disorderly conduct arrest that involved resisting arrest and terroristic threats, records show.
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