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Suicide by cop or idiot takes sword to gunfight?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Cap n Ball, Mar 22, 2005.

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  1. Cap n Ball

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    MAN SHOT DEAD BY POLICE-Staff, SKY News

    Police marksmen have shot dead a man said to have been wielding a samurai sword on a busy main road.

    The 26-year-old was shot on the A63 near Hull, East Yorkshire, following reports of a van being driven the wrong way down the carriageway.

    Police said the man got out of the van and began to approach the marksmen.

    He was shot with baton rounds but got up and continued to make his way towards the officers, who then shot him dead.

    It was the first time Humberside Police had used a firearm during an operation.

    The dead man is understood to be Simon Murden, whose father David is believed to be the director of local charity, And Albert.

    The blue Transit van at the centre of the shooting had the organisation's words emblazoned across it.

    The 26-year-old's farmhouse in Sparkmill Lane, Beverley, has been sealed off by officers.

    The And Albert shop in Beverley was closed. A note placed in the window said: "Closed due to bereavement."

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation into the shooting, as it attempts to establish if the man was armed.

    At a news conference, Assistant Chief Constable (Operations) of Humberside Police, John Crosse, confirmed the man who was shot dead had been carrying "sword type weapons".

    The A63, which is the main commuter road into Hull, remained closed in both directions for several hours as forensic officers examined the scene.

    There had been suggestions that the man may have been attempting to hijack a tanker on the road.
     
  2. Bear Gulch

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    Either way, her got the job done. I am sure that the poor cops are going to go through hell with the inquiry board.
     
  3. Cap n Ball

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    Yes. Definitely.
     
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    Similar thing happened here in Seattle in 1997, but with a different outcome...

    http://echo.forensicpanel.com/1997/5/1/disturbedswordsman.html
    :what:

    I don't blame the Humberside cops for shooting the guy though. Charging cops with a sword is monumentally stupid, unless you want to die.

    :(
     
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    Puts me in mind of Stephenson's Cryptonomicon.
     
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    :D

    I loved that book.
     
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    I sense an Australia-ish sword law looms for England. That was in England, right? Australia has safe storage laws and registration for swords.
     
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