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Police Shoot, Kill Ax-Carrying Felon

Police Shoot, Kill Ax-Carrying Felon

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Associated Press

March 28, 2010

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Police in southern California have fatally shot a man they say threatened an officer with an ax during a confrontation with police at a grocery store.

Witnesses told police the man had been stabbing himself with a knife Saturday night at City Farm Market in Inglewood. A store employee says the man confronted him and told him he “killed people,” then tried to stab the employee and walked away.

Police followed a trail of blood inside the store to a walk-in refrigerator in the market’s warehouse. Two officers shot the suspect multiple times and killed him after he allegedly came out of the refrigerator wielding an ax and lunged toward one of them.

Police are withholding the suspect’s identity pending notification of his family.

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The guy sounds crazy, glad no officers were hurt.

  • Image_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This dudes cheese slid off his cracker. Good work Officers!

  • Me_last_wk_max50


    over 4 years ago


    10-8 Handled by Officer. lol

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Paul Bunyan would be soooo disappointed.

  • Aaa_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Never take an axe to a gunfight.

  • Vscndsign_max50


    over 4 years ago


    was it a knife or an ax?

  • Advance_seal_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Man stabbed himself. Wow.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    i would of done the same thing, aparently the man was on drugs or wanted to die.

  • Lion_cub__masai_mara__kenya_max50


    over 4 years ago


    AAAAH!!!! Lets outlaw Axes now... Quick someone start a database to track axe impressions so we can get a wedge fingerprint system, lets start a program were everyone needs a permit to carry an axe even in their own homes, how about this, we will let them have the 'Axe' itself, but it requires a massive fine to be allowed an Axe handle, and of course putting your own handle on the axe is 'Modifying' it, yeah we can get them there, we should also add a 'test' before someone is allowed to purchase an axe, we don't want any of these things getting into the 'wrong' hands, what if it was a double bit axe? ooh i know we can call those 'assault axes' and get them outlawed right off the bat, ooh or maybe a 'High-Capacity Axe' would work better, maybe we can start an 'Axe buyback'...

    in case you are wondering this is sarcasm.

    good job officers.

  • Me_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Great Job....keep up the good work!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Nice work...Good shooting

  • Dscn0105_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Makes you wonder what happened to a man like this to kind of go off the deep end. Personally, I'm glad the officers and the employee are okay.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    A definite "off my meds" kind of situation. In a few split seconds there are fewer choices and decisions have to be made. The officer's safety is paramount. Does indeed seem a death wish......on the part of the ax man.

  • 2006_1115image0015_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I believe that the officers acted appropriately in the situation that they found themselves in; although by eye-witness accounts and my limited medical training I would assume something internal may be at fault here. “Witnesses told police the man had been stabbing himself with a knife … …A store employee said the man confronted him and told him he “killed people,” then tried to stab the employee and walked away”. The officers had to protect themselves and society first before being able to defuse the situation. The officers found the man hiding in a walk-in freezer where he attacked and perished.
    There is a sense of unity between citizens and law enforcement officers when judging this incident. Both citizens and LEO’s are cheery at face value. A citizen with the handle Angels4Ever commented “Oh well shouldn't of tried to kill someone with an ax. I have no pity for these people now a day. To many weird people in this world. Where does it stop?” A confirmed LEO with the handle Rhood commented “Cause of death, poor decisions on the part of the suspect. A justified shoot.” Everyone seems happy with the result, but I think if the suspect was unarmed or survived that further testing would show some internal problem.
    As something internal may have been at fault; the biosocial perspective would be a good explanation for the suspect’s behavior. The suspect had been stabbing himself and acting irrationally leads me to believe that there is either an underlying mental or medical condition. Tibbetts explains that genetics, hormones, neurotransmitters, etc. could all correspond to the suspects altered state of mind.
    If the officers were permitted to use non-lethal force by means of a teaser; I believe that the suspect would have been disarmed, diagnosed, treated, and released; instead his lethal actions forced the officers to protect themselves and society. The community and LEO’s are celebrating this as a win, but I can’t help but see further past the initial incident and see with proper equipment and training this death could have been averted

  • Funny_pictures_56616_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sounds like he got what he wanted.

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