03/22/2006

Man severs own penis, throws it at officers

Note from PoliceOne Columnist Chris Lawrence:

This is a good case to keep in mind when responding to recommendations that we should change training to always "go slow" in these situations.

There are times when that approach may be available. It would be wise to include that strategy where applicable.

ED cases tend to develop in an unpredictable manner with the capability to go sideways without any provocation by the officer. Some situations are so volatile as to preclude officers containing the subject, slowing things down, etc. This appears to be one of them.

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March 17, 2006

BY ERIC HERMAN
Staff Reporter, Chicago Sun-Times

Before cops threw the book at him, Jakub Fik threw something unusual at them -- his penis.

Fik, 33, cut off his own penis during a Northwest Side rampage Wednesday morning. When confronted by police, Fik hurled several knives and his severed organ at the officers, police said. Officers stunned him with a Taser and took him into custody.

"We took him out without any serious injury, with the exception of his own," said Chicago Police Sgt. Edward Dolan of the 16th District.

Doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital reattached Fik's penis Wednesday, sources said. He was listed in good condition Thursday, according to hospital spokesman Andrew Buchanan, who declined to comment further.

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