Man with medieval-type sword shot by police

Police Lights (KSN File Photo)
Police Lights (KSN File Photo)

COVINGTON, Georgia (AP) – Georgia authorities say a police officer shot a man who was using a large, “medieval”-style sword to swipe at traffic.

The Covington News reports that police Capt. Craid Treadwell says officers got calls Wednesday about a man walking in and out of traffic carrying the sword and occasionally swiping at cars.

Police say the man attacked an officer. Treadwell says as the officer shouted commands and drew his gun, the man raised his sword above his head and attacked the officer again.

Treadwell says the officer had no choice but to fire and hit the suspect once.

It was not immediately clear whether the 44-year-old man identified as Julian Leon Faulkner Jr. would face charges.

Treadwell says Faulkner was undergoing surgery. A number for Faulkner in Covington, about 35 miles east of Atlanta, was disconnected. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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