Man carrying sword fatally shot by police
Maryland State Police said they shot and killed a Cecil County man Friday night who they said confronted troopers with swords and what appeared to be a rifle and a handgun.
According to a release from the Maryland State Police, Jason E. Honaker, 25, of the 700 block of West Pulaski Highway in Elkton was pronounced dead after undergoing surgery at Christiana Hospital in Wilmington, Del.
State police said the man pulled a short, curved martial arts-type sword while he was less than 10 feet away from state troopers, and one officer, fearing for his life, shot him with a handgun.
Honaker called state police, the release said, and told an officer that police needed to come to his apartment or he would kill his neighbor. Two officers, identified as Trooper 1st Class Matthew Telep and Trooper Brian Schweers, arrived at the scene and were met by Honaker’s girlfriend.
Police said the woman told them that Honaker was armed with “swords and guns” and had consumed a pint of vodka, and she then led them to a bedroom where he was located.
Troopers ordered him to come out, and when he emerged, police said, he was carrying a two-foot sword and what appeared to be a rifle.
Police later determined the gun to be an air rifle.