Bradenton man arrested after long standoff and battering ex-wife

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BRADENTON, Fla. - A Bradenton man is facing battery charges after deputies say he battered his ex-wife and an innocent bystander.

It happened Monday afternoon at the 200 block of Cape Harbor Loop in Bradenton.  According to a Sheriff's Office report, Erik Clark got into a fight with his ex-wife. During the altercation he struck her with an unknown object, and then struck an innocent bystander who tried to intervene.

Clark then fled the scene and was located a short time later 600 block of 67th Street Circle East.  He held a knife to his own throat and attempted to slash himself when deputies arrived.  After a long standoff, Clark was was taken to the ground and disarmed.  He was taken to the hospital for treatment.  No deputies were injured.

UPDATE by Joe Bardi on May 7 at 12:51 p.m.: After our story ran, Erik Clark's ex-wife, Nicole Clark, reached out in an attempt to correct what she she characterizes as misstatements in the police report. Nicole stated emphatically via email that Erik did not "attempt" to slash his throat, "He DID slash his throat and lost half of the blood in his body. He was bayflighted to blake and was in surgery for over an hour, and he remains there in ICU."

As to the alleged battery, Nicole declined to comment on the specific charge, though she did say, "I would like to stress that I am fine! I required ZERO medical attention, and I was not really harmed in any way. Saying it was a battery just sounds so harsh. I understand this is a 'story' and people like hearing the gory details, but there is much more to what happened then [sic] what was reported. Take time to think about what must be going on in a persons head to slit his own throat. That is not the typical response from a man who does not want to be arrested! Perhaps the real story is the lack of mental health support and resources in our county and in our state that contribute to a man doing these horrible things!