Police Fatally Shoot Sword Wielding Man in Kansas City

A man brandishing a sword was shot and killed after he charged an officer in Kansas City, Kansas, Saturday night. According to the police, the incident happened at about 10:00 pm while officers were responding to a armed disturbance. The name of the man has not yet been released by the police, but 41 Action News has confirmed that it was Carlos Davenport who was shot on his front porch.

Via KSHB.com:

When they arrived, they found Davenport on his porch, clutching a sword. Police said Davenport refused orders to drop the blade and charged at an officer, who fired at Davenport in self-defense. Davenport died on the scene.

Family members of the suspect are questioning the officer’s side of the story:

Davenport’s brother, Darryl Wayne-Bagley, questioned the official account of the shooting. He said his brother was a gentle man who knew better than to argue with police.

“For them to say that he grabbed a sword and charged the police is questionable,” Wayne-Bagley said. “Very questionable.”

Davenport’s uncle said his nephew was known to some KCK police from his work as a tow-truck driver. He, too, questioned the officer’s narrative, pointing out the second floor banister surrounding the stairwell would appear to have separated the officer from Davenport by a distance of more than 10 feet.

No word yet on whether liquor any other substances were involved.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in such shootings.