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‘Shoot me’: Distraught man charged with assault

A distraught man set on harming himself has been arrested on charges of assaulting a member of the UPMC Williamsport medical staff and a hospital security officer, Pennsylvania College of Technology Police alleged in an affidavit.

“Shoot me, shoot me. Just kill me,” Ty William Nicholls, 21, of 1036 W. Fourth St., repeatedly yelled as a Penn College officer was taking him into protective custody in the 1300 block of Park Avenue in the city on Oct. 10. A female friend had contacted police after receiving disturbing messages from Nicholls that he “wanted to commit suicide,” the affidavit stated.

Nicholls agreed to meet with the woman on Park Avenue, but warned “he would run if he saw police,” the officer said in the court document. When Nicholls arrived in his pickup truck, he spotted an officer and took off, but stopped a block away and was ordered out of the vehicle. A second officer arrived on the scene to assist. As Nicholls, who also carried a Bowdon, Georgia, address, was being taken to a police cruiser, he allegedly attempted to bite one of the officers and was “placed on the ground,” the affidavit stated.

Suddenly, Nicholls began to smash his head into the pavement and told the officers “I’ll do it this way,” police said, adding that he was then moved to the grass and physically restrained until an ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital. However, he then attempted to bite a member of the ambulance crew on his knee, police allege in the court document.

At the hospital, the situation became worse when “Nicholls was very disruptive, yelling, screaming and using profanities,” police said, adding that he spit on a UPMC employee as the ambulance crew waited for a room to put him in, the affidavit stated. Once a room became available, “five officers were needed to control him as hospital staff placed restraints on him. He turned his head and spit on a second member of the medical staff,” court records stated. Nicholls appeared to calm down, but moments later he started to “act out and bit the hand” of a security officer, police alleged. Nicholls fell asleep after medical staff gave him a drug, police said.

Charged with three counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault as well as one count each of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, Nicholls was arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey and released on $15,000 bail.

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