OREM, Utah (AP) -- Police called to prevent a man from killing himself discovered his mother trying to commit suicide.
Neither knew the other was contemplating suicide, officers said.
The 21-year-old man's girlfriend called police Wednesday after the man called her and said he had slit his wrists.
Officers arrived and were trying to make contact with the man in the house when they found mother in the closed garage trying to asphyxiate herself with exhaust from a running car.
The woman was still conscious when police found her but was "out of it a little bit," said police Lt. Doug Edwards. "I don't know what their conversation was, but apparently there was some."
Police say the woman was not aware that her son had threatened suicide, nor did the man know that his mother was attempting to do it at the same time.
When officers entered the house, they found the man holding a knife, his arms wrapped in towels.
Police said he was angry, aggressive, refused to cooperate and threatened them with the knife.
They used pepper spray, he dropped the knife and they arrested him. They found no cuts on his arms.
His mother was taken to University Hospital in Salt Lake City for treatment in a hyperbaric chamber.
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