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Sword-wielding man shot by Kansas City police dies

Kansas City police on Thursday investigated the shooting of a sword-wielding man by an officer.
Kansas City police on Thursday investigated the shooting of a sword-wielding man by an officer. icummings@kcstar.com

A sword-wielding man shot by police Thursday at Blenheim Park has died. He was identified by authorities Friday as Javon Hawkins, 21, of Kansas City.

Hawkins died at a hospital overnight after a Kansas City police officer shot him in the park on Gregory Boulevard, just west of the Paseo, late Thursday afternoon.

Police said Hawkins was armed with a sword and threatened a police officer, who shot him. The officer had responded about 4:45 p.m. to a report that Hawkins was swinging the sword at passers-by and vehicles.

A police officer confronted Hawkins and asked him to put the sword down, said Capt. Tye Grant, a police spokesman. Hawkins did not, Grant said, and the officer felt threatened and shot the man in the torso. Neighbors living near the park said they heard four shots.

Grant said he did not know if the man was intoxicated at the time or if he lived near the area where the shooting occurred.

The officer who shot him was placed on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated, Grant said. The officer was assigned to the Metro Patrol Division. Grant said he did not know how long the officer has been with the Police Department.

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