A Macon police officer calmed an agitated mentally disturbed man who became violent Thursday night using a handful of lollipops.
A supervisor from the River Edge mental health facility reported the 38-year-old man, described as standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing more than 350 pounds, became violent while the mental health worker was checking on him at Overlook Gardens Apartments on Gray Highway about 8:30 p.m., according to a police news release.
When an officer tried to assist the health worker, the patient struck the officer in the left hand with a broom. At some point, the patient also threatened police with a razor, according to police.
Police requested that an officer with a Taser come to the scene, but the patient became more agitated before the officer arrived. An officer on the scene retrieved a handful of lollipops from his patrol car and convinced the patient to trade the lollipops for the razor and to allow officers to handcuff him, according to the release.
The patient was taken by ambulance to The Medical Center of Central Georgia for treatment, according to police.