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Naked Man with Sword and Rifle Told Calif. Cops To 'Kill Me'

January 02, 2013  | 

San Jose Police on New Year's Day averted a potential lethal situation by safely arresting a mentally disturbed, naked man armed with a samurai-like sword and a loaded assault rifle.

At one point, 32 officers had descended on the scene at Southwest Expressway and Bascom Avenue, cordoning off the area and trying to negotiate for nearly two hours with the distraught man. He repeatedly yelled, "You're going to have to kill me," said an agency spokesman.

By 11 a.m., police had arrested Coco Bennett, 29. He was taken to the jail ward at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for injuries he suffered after he leaped over a fence and fell.

Read the full Mercury News story.

Tags: Emotionally Disturbed Person, Edged Weapons, Standoffs, Suicidal Subjects

Comments (3)

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Rick @ 1/3/2013 4:18 PM

Was it really an assault rifle, a fully automatic weapon, or was it just a regular, legal, semi automatic rifle that looks like a military rifle that liberals love to demonize? Either way, CA needs CCW laws like TX, VA, AZ and FL; instead the policians banned the open carry of unloaded guns. Someone I don't think banning the open carry of unloaded guns will deter criminals and gangs from commiting crimes.

Morning Eagle @ 1/4/2013 11:29 AM

@ Rick: I immediately had the same question and wondered who writes this crap. So I wasted my time reading the Mercury News story hoping for some clarification but there wasn't any. The subject apparently got out of his vehicle carrying only the sword but left the firearm inside. I would be willing to bet it was some variation that looked sort of military but was semi-automatic. The term "assault weapon" is being grossly misused not only by the ignorant media but even by many police who should know better. That just adds fuel for the likes of feinstein and obama in their push for more bans that we know would only affect law abiding citizens but do nothing to reduce the dangers posed by criminal types. It is all about people control.

D/Sgt B @ 1/5/2013 6:37 AM

Wonder no more AM Eagle. The author of this article was Tracey Kaplan.

And just to put icing on this cake, here's a quote from the same article; "We were lucky it wasn't the assault rifle, or things might have been a lot different," Morales said.

Morales was identified as the spokesman for the San Jose Police Department.

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