Lower Township police car

LOWER TOWNSHIP — A man police described as suicidal stood outside the township Public Safety Building on Wednesday and asked for an officer to come outside and shoot him.

Police said 33-year-old Brian E. Doherty Jr., of the Villas section of the township, was holding a large butterfly-style knife.

Officers from inside the building and those on patrol responded to the scene at 11:24 a.m.

According to police, Doherty refused to drop the knife. They used a Taser, but it didn’t work.

After several minutes, police persuaded Doherty to turn over the weapon.

Officers attempted to take Doherty into custody, but he resisted, biting an officer several times.

The injured officer was evaluated, treated and released.

Doherty suffered a small scrape on his forehead before he was finally apprehended.

He was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon. He remains in custody.

— Amanda Auble

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I report breaking news and cover the local stories at the Press's digital desk. I grew up in South Jersey and graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2017 with a degree in English.

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