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Santa Rosa man stabs self at mother's home

A Santa Rosa man stabbed himself in the neck, arms and wrists early Wednesday afternoon after Sonoma County sheriff's deputies were called to his mother's home to remove him from the property.

The mother, a Santa Rosa woman, called 911 about 12:35 p.m. to report that she thought her son was under the influence of drugs and that she was afraid of him, the sheriff's office reported.

Deputies arrived to find the son, James Somersall, 44, sitting on the sidewalk in front of a home in the 800 block of McMinn Avenue, the sheriff's office reported.

When a deputy approached, he began to slice his neck with razor blades he had taped to a ballpoint pen, according to the sheriff's office. He then threw the pen into the street, the sheriff's office reported.

Deputies who sought to provide medical aid to Somersall discovered he had also cut his wrists and forearms.

Sheriff's officials said he was taken to Sutter Medical Center in Santa Rosa.

His condition was not immediately available Wednesday night.


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