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Cops: Intruder threatens suicide, terrifies Central Islip family

A man, who residents say walked into a

A man, who residents say walked into a stranger's Central Islip home and threatened to kill himself, is taken away by police after he was shot by a Taser gun on Sunday. (Dec. 13, 2009) Credit: James Carbone

A man who residents say walked into a stranger's Central Islip home and threatened to kill himself was subdued Sunday with physical force after police unsuccessfully fired a Taser gun at him, Suffolk police said.

The man entered the second floor bedroom of Saturnina Maldonado on Lowell Avenue through an unlocked door and burst into the living room as two young children played, said Maldonado's daughter, Diane Manzanares, 16.

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"He picked up a chair and tried to throw it at my mother," Manzanares said. "He said not to call the police and not to get any dogs on him."

"It was very scary," Maldonado said.

Police were apparently already on their way, having been called about 12:50 p.m. by other neighbors about the man, described as tall and in his 40s.

Manzanares said police soon arrived at the door, and the intruder ran to the kitchen and looked for a knife but didn't find one. He picked up a screwdriver and held it to his throat as police walked in.

"He said he would kill himself," Manzanares said, adding that her daughter, 1, and niece, 10, were nearby.

Several officers tried for several minutes to calm the man, backing him toward a mattress in a corner, police and witnesses said. When the man refused to cooperate, an officer fired the Taser gun, sending two electrified prongs that hit the man, Manzanares and Maldonado said. The man fell, but police said the Taser deployment was not successful.

"He stopped moving for two seconds," Manzanares said. "Then he started again." It took seven officers to subdue the man onto the mattress, police and witnesses said. Blood from the altercation was visible last night on Maldonado's mattress, and her coffee table was broken.

The man was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. His condition was not available.

Neighbors said they saw him wandering through backyards on East Walnut Street and Lowell Avenue before the altercation. He broke a fence trying to climb it, hopped into a parked boat and jumped over a fence into Maldonado's backyard, said neighbor Maryann Doscher.

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