YORK , Maine — Police credited a York dispatcher with subduing a man who was threatening to commit suicide Saturday night in York Beach Square.

York police said dispatcher Nathaniel Higgins received a call around 7:30 p.m. from a man threatening to shoot himself if officers approached him.

The man called from a cellphone, which was traced to an area just outside York Beach Square. Police cordoned off the area, and established a perimeter to safeguard the public. Main Street in York was closed for approximately 45 minutes.

Higgins negotiated with the man, who was exhibiting extreme mood swings and erratic behavior, according to police, and was able to talk the man into coming out to officers.

Police said that after the man left the residence he put a knife to his throat, and yelled to police to shoot him. After repeated orders from police, the man eventually surrendered the knife. The man was taken to York Hospital for evaluation.

York police applauded Higgins for staying calm and continuing to talk with the despondent man. They say Higgins helped bring the situation to a safe conclusion.