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The Edged Weapons topic covers news, tips, tactics and equipment officers need to defend against blade attacks. Whether it’s a butcher knife or a pocket knife, police officers face the threat of an edged weapon attack more often than a firearm.

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“Due to the outstanding job by our officers, a very dangerous situation was controlled and no one was hurt,” the Sterling Heights Police Department stated. “Furthermore, the subject obtained much-needed treatment at the hospital”
The man, who had allegedly been waving the sword and screaming before the officers arrived, told Pima County Sheriff’s Office deputies he was “trying to achieve greatness on the katana”
The man brandished a large knife at officers before the shooting; he has been charged with first degree attempted murder
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office deputies deployed TASERs and less lethal projectile launchers several times before the shooting occurred
The suspect assaulted a gas station worker before carrying two machetes into a grocery store, deputies said
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The man made several statements that included threats to officers and to himself, police said
“I feel the officers had no other choice but to use what they had to use to stop the threat,” Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said
One of the injured Taunton police officers was stabbed in the face and back of the head; the chief, who lived nearby the scene, received a puncture wound to his chest
The video shows the suspect holding a fishing filet knife as he starts to move toward the officers standing outside of a residence
The singer told Brevard County deputies he carries a machete because he needs “to stay alert”
The woman, who was having a mental health crisis, dropped the weapon on the freeway as officers approached her
This was the second call to the house within weeks involving the suspect, who had a criminal history and falsely claimed to work for the CIA, DEA and FBI
When responding officers approached the suspect minutes later, he pulled out a foot-long knife and tried to throw it at them
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Officers were provided with details from the 911 calls about the man’s possible mental health crisis, including that he had a knife
The officer, who responded to a call about a woman being stabbed, heard screams before encountering a man armed with a knife
The man came into the store, grabbed a large knife from a shelf, and stabbed the boy and a 25-year-old woman
Police offered to transport the suspect to a local hospital just before he lunged toward an officer with a knife
The incident began when an officer entered a store and found the suspect in an altercation with a clerk
The victim was a woman in her 20s with two young daughters
The man ignored multiple commands to drop the knife, bodycam video shows