LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police have released imagery showing an officer fatally shoot a sword-wielding man lunging toward an officer who had tried to calm down the man during an encounter in an apartment complex.
Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman said during a news briefing Friday that police during previous encounters with Justin Charland had arranged for the 40-year-old man to receive mental health assistance.
The fatal encounter occurred Tuesday when two officers responded to a report of a man yelling and talking to himself.
Body-camera footage released during the briefing showed the man identified by police as Charland holding a large sword at the top of his apartment’s exterior stairs and yelling loudly while Officer Vincen Segura asked to speak with Charland and to get him help.
The man after a few minutes bounded down the stairs while brandishing the sword despite Segura’s calls for him to put down the weapon. As the officer and Charland both spoke loudly, Charland could be heard saying he was a ninja. Zimmerman said Charland also said he was going to kill the officers.