Modesto Police Shoot Swordsman

January 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A Modesto Police Officer shot and killed a man who was holding a sword in front of a hotel today.A fire department battalion chief spotted the guy in Downtown Modesto this Sunday.

The first police officer who got there saw the 44-year-old man carrying what he thought was a 2- or 3-foot sword. He thought the man was threatening him, so he fired.

The suspect died later at a nearby hospital.

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