07/14/2010

Cop fatally shoots sword-wielding man

Suspect advanced 'aggressively' on officers with a 4-foot-long Japanese-style blade

By Rene Romo
Albuquerque Journal

LAS CRUCES — A police officer Tuesday morning fatally shot a 23-year-old man who, wielding a 4-foot-long Japanese-style sword, advanced on officers outside an apartment complex, said Police Chief Richard Williams.

Neighbors at the 42-unit Mesilla Manor Apartments on Boutz Road complained that police did not try other measures to disarm the man before resorting to deadly force. They described the shooting victim, whom police declined to identify Tuesday, as a low-key and friendly man who showed his lizard collection to children in the complex. The victim went by the name of Lance, they said, but they were not sure if that was his real name and did not know his last name.

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