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Troubled Ridgewood man with knife disarmed by police

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Ridgewood police yesterday disarmed and subdued a troubled 55-year-old man who they said pulled a knife on them.

Officers called to Chestnut Street found James Brown in need of psychiatric evaluation, Police Chief John Ward said this morning.

Although he “initially calmed down and state that he would go to the hospital, Mr. Brown suddenly pulled out a knife and a brief struggle ensued,” Ward said.

The officers quickly snatched the weapon from him, after which Brown was taken to Bergen Regional Medical Center, the chief said.

He remained there this morning under guard of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and weapons offenses.

The officers received minor injuries, Ward said.

“It’s a testament to the caliber of officers we have and the training they receive,” the chief told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

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