Fox News reports a Detroit man was shot to death Thursday, after wielding a sword in the middle of the street and then throwing a dagger at a police officer.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the incident happened around 7:15 p.m. Thursday on Grand River and Meyers Rd in north west Detroit.
“The suspect was standing in the middle of the street armed with a sword,” Craig said Thursday night, The Detroit News reported. “When officers got there, they told him to drop it. At some point, the suspect takes out a second sword; I think he had three, plus a dagger.
Detroit Police shot a man who came at officers swinging this sword and armed with two other knives. One officer is injured, the man wielding the weapons has died from a single gunshot. pic.twitter.com/ULlRGNQUf6
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“He throws the dagger, and strikes an officer under his eye,” Craig reportedly said. “The officer deploys his Taser, but the suspect appears to be wearing tactical gear, and the Taser doesn’t take effect.
“The officer’s partner then fired a round, striking the suspect,” Craig added.
The suspect continued to chase the officers and jumped into the driver side of one of the patrol cars.
“A good Samaritan seeing what was going on…took his personal vehicle and he used it to block the suspect in,” Craig told reporters.
The chief said he was unclear what exaclty happened next, but the suspect was transported to the hospital and succumbed to his injuries.
The officer who had been struck by the dagger is being treated at a local hospital for a laceration below his right eye.
The case is still under investigation. The shooting today marked the third police-related fatality this month in Detroit, and the fourth police department shooting.