The officers encountered the man under the bridge, where he was apparently sleeping. He was half-naked and from the very beginning he attacked the patrol with a sharp sheet of metal. Although he did not injure the policemen, he himself injured his wrist and neck.
“When he started to self-harm again with the sheet metal, the officers forced him to lie on the ground using tear gas and handcuffed him,” said Jiřina Ernestová, spokeswoman for the Municipal Police of the capital city of Prague.
The officers provided first aid to the injured, then the called paramedics took over his care. The deep cuts were still bleeding.
“After treatment and securing, the paramedics transported the injured to the hospital,” Ernestová said.
The man is probably homeless and his condition was caused by drug consumption. According to the psychologist, his condition was most likely caused by meth or a similar version of the hallucinogen.
“Long-term use of meth gradually leads to greater irritability, undue suspicion, and culminates in paranoia. A person can be aggressive towards someone or even towards themselves,” Ivan Douda, head psychologist of the Drop In Foundation, told CNN Prima News. According to him, the reactions of drug addicts are generally unpredictable.