Man car­ry­ing sword fa­tally shot by po­lice

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Bal­ti­more Sun

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.

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