A man in Detroit was shot dead until Thursday after he held a sword in the middle of the street and then threw a dagger at a police officer.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the incident occurred around 7:15 p.m. Thursday on the Grand River and Myers Reed in northwest Detroit.
“The suspect was standing in the middle of the street, armed with a sword,” Craig said Thursday night, according to The Detroit News. “When the officers got there, they told him to let him go. At some point, the suspect took out a second sword; I think he had three, plus a dagger.
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“He throws a dagger and hits the officer under the eye,” Craig said. “The officer deploys his Taser, but the suspect appears to be carrying a tactical weapon, and the Taser is not working.
“The officer’s partner then fired a roll, hitting the suspect,” Craig added.
The suspect continued to pursue the officers and jumped towards the driver of one of the patrol cars.
“The good Samaritan, seeing what was happening … took his personal car and used it to block the suspect,” Craig told reporters.
The chief stated that he did not understand what specific situation happened next, but the suspect was transported to the hospital and suffered injuries.
The officer who was stabbed is being treated at a local hospital for a rupture in the lower right eye.
The case is still under investigation. The shooting today marked the third death related to Detroit police this month and the fourth shooting.
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During the incident last week, the officer was approached by a man who was involved in the sale of drugs with partially concealed weapons, which led to persecution on foot. The suspect then drew his pistol on the officer. The suspect was shot and wounded by an officer, according to The Detroit News.
Another shooting involving police occurred on July 19 after a rapid chase that resulted in a car crashing into a tree. The suspects inside the vehicle ran out to escape, and one man pulled out a gun. Police shot the suspect.
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A video released on July 10, 20-year-old Hakim Littleton, showed a man shooting a police officer at a distance from his head. Police returned fire and shot and killed him, Craig said.