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Detroit police fatally shoot man who wields sword, threw dagger at officer

Police tape is seen in this file photo. (Jacob Hamilton | MLive.com file/TNS)
August 09, 2020

Detroit police have shot to death a man they say was wielding a sword in the middle of a street and who and threw a dagger at an officer.

Police Chief James Craig said after the man was shot late Thursday, July 30, when he continued to approach officers while swinging the sword. He climbed into a police vehicle before he was captured. The unidentified man in his 20s was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, the Associated Press reports.

Craig suspects the man may have been experiencing a mental breakdown.

Craig said an officer deployed his Taser to stop the man, which was ineffective because of “protective covering over his torso.”

The man threw an 8-inch dagger, striking an officer below an eye during the confrontation, Craig said. After the man continued to ignore commands to drop the weapon, the officer’s partner fired a shot that fatally wounded the man.

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