Las Vegas police shot and killed Lloyd Napouk for holding a homemade plastic sword toy on Oct. 27.
Napouk was killed by Metro Sgt. Buford Kenton and officer Cameran Gunn who were investigating calls of a man “walking door-to-door” with a tool known to be used in carjackings or a machete, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Napouk calmly smoked a cigarette and held his toy as Kenton and Gunn escalated the non-life-threatening situation.
After Napouk ignored police commands to drop the toy, Kenton prepped for the future violence on the radio:
Let’s get a unit with a beanbag shotgun. And can we have K-9 out here and have medical stand by? Call for medical.
Napouk walked toward Kenton with the toy his hand, and Kenton became hysterical:
I’m going to shoot you! If you come one more step, you’re dead!
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank said Napouk lived with his girlfriend about a mile away from where he was killed.
Hank added that Napouk would have faced a charge of resisting a public officer with a deadly weapon because of the toy.
Las Vegas police have shot 21 people this year, and killed 11.
The Guardian reported in 2015:
There have been 55 fatal police shootings – total – in England and Wales from 1990 to 2014… one fatal shooting by Icelandic police in the country’s 71-year history… German police had killed six people by gunshot in 2011 and seven in 2012.
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