UNION CITY -- A 35-year-old man is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation after police say he slashed tires and threatened people with a knife this week at Union Landing Shopping Center.

Officers were called about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday to the shopping plaza for reports of a man threatening passing motorists with a knife and slashing tires on parked vehicles, said Cmdr. Ben Horner.

Police arrived and found a man holding a knife and an umbrella inside of Andersen's Bakery.

The man refused to comply with officer's commands to drop the knife and exit the store, Horner said.

When the man put a knife to his own throat one of the officers deployed a stun gun and struck the man. He dropped the knife and fell to the ground.

Officers detained the man, who they determined suffers from a mental illness, and transported him to a psychiatric facility for a 72-hour evaluation.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.



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