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Mitchell man arrested for threatening police with knife

The Mitchell Department of Public Safety serves as the home to an assortment of local agencies. (Republic file photo)

A Mitchell man who used a knife to threaten police officers and a woman outside of the Department of Public Safety building was tased and arrested, authorities say.

The incident occurred at about 3:15 p.m. Monday, and involved 40-year-old Jose Sanchez, a woman and five police officers. Officials with the department released information about the arrest Tuesday.

Authorities said Sanchez drove westbound on West Railroad Avenue, then turned north onto Rowley Street, striking a curb and sliding during the turn and nearly hitting two vehicles parked near the Department of Public Safety building. Sanchez then slid down the road and parked near the building’s front doors.

Sanchez allegedly then exited his vehicle and walked up to the front doors, where he threatened three police officers in the lobby with a knife. A woman tried to calm him down, and Sanchez threatened her, as well.

Two other officers then reportedly confronted Sanchez at gunpoint. He was eventually tased and taken into custody. Sanchez sustained minor injuries, but no shots were fired and no one else was injured.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Sanchez reportedly showed signs of extreme paranoia and made comments that the police had been watching him. At the time of the incident, Sanchez had two knives with him. He was placed on a mental health hold in the Davison County Jail.

Sanchez was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, domestic aggravated assault and reckless driving. If convicted on all charges, he could face incarceration of up to 31 years.