TULSA, Okla. – A Tulsa County Sheriff’s Deputy is being credited for her quick thinking during what could have been a deadly situation.
Deputy Catherine Curtin was on her way home on Monday night when she learned about a man threatening people with a knife at a nearby apartment complex.
When she arrived at the apartment complex, she spotted 60-year-old Timothy Worsham carrying two large knives.
“At this point, I had him at gunpoint. He turned towards me and started walking towards me saying, ‘Shoot me, kill me,’ over and over,” Curtin told KJRH. “At some point in this exchange with this man, I made the decision- I’ll try my taser.”
Curtin says she holstered her gun and drew her taser as the man started to reach for one of the knives. She shocked him and waited for backup to arrive.
Worsham was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon and public intoxication.
In the booking report, Worsham reportedly said, “I just wanted her to shoot me, but she used her taser. It’s just a failed suicide attempt.”
Curtin says she is thankful for how this case turned out, but it is a situation that she hopes she isn’t put in again.
“None of us ever want to be in this situation. None of us ever contemplate that we may be put in a situation where we’re having to take someone’s life. That was definitely the situation that presented itself,” she said.