Police: Man threatened to kill himself outside church

The incident happened outside St. Patrick's Church on Hunter Street in Highland Mills.

The incident happened outside St. Patrick's Church on Hunter Street in Highland Mills. (10/19/15)

HIGHLAND MILLS - An Orange County Sunday school was placed on lockdown and Mass was canceled after police say a man with a box cutter threatened to kill himself in the church parking lot.

The incident happened Sunday morning outside St. Patrick's Church on Hunter Street in Highland Mills.

Police say a 31-year-old man with a history of mental illness sliced his hand with a box cutter while saying he was "trying to get out a government tracking device."

After three hours of negotiations, the man surrendered and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

No criminal charges have been filed.

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