Police Fatally Shoot Man Armed With Samurai Sword in Ontario, Officials Say

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The area of Mission Boulevard and Mountain Avenue in Ontario is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Google Maps)

Police shot and killed an apparently suicidal man who got of a car and approached them with a “large samurai-style sword” after a pursuit Tuesday night in Ontario, officials said.

The events leading up to the shooting began about 10:15 p.m. when the Ontario Police Department’s dispatch center received a call from the man, who said he wanted to die and that he had a gun, according to a news release. He said he was in a car in the area of Mission Boulevard and Mountain Avenue (map).

Officers responded to the location and found the vehicle stopped with its lights off. When they tried to pull the car over, the driver “sped away in a reckless manner with the lights still off,” the statement said.

A pursuit ensued. About five minutes later, the man stopped on Fern Avenue, south of Phillips street (map), and exited the vehicle. He was holding the sword as he moved toward the officers, who ordered him to stop, the Police Department said.

The officers fired a less-than-lethal rubber round, which struck the man but had no effect, according to officials.

“The suspect continued to advance on the officers with the sword in a threatening manner and was shot by police,” the news release said.

The man was given medical attention at the scene before being transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. No officers were injured in the incident.

The suspect’s name was not immediately released.