Body cam video has been released showing a Las Vegas police officer fatally shooting a man armed with a homemade toy sword made from plastic and tape.
According to relatives, Lloyd Napouk, 44, made the sword himself and the item was “very special to him.”
“We have information . . . in talking with the folks related to him . . . that he had made this device. He called it a sword. He was very proud of it,” Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank said during a press conference on Tuesday.
“He really looked at it as being very special to him.”
It happened at around 12:22 a.m. on October 30 after police received a call about a suspicious man, walking around carrying a some sort of weapon.
The caller reported to dispatch the man was holding some sort of machete, but it was later determined to be a homemade, toy sword made with plastic and electrical tape.
Officers arrived and located Napouk about a mile away from the original location reported, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Arriving officers then drew their weapons on Napouk and began asking him to drop his “weapon.”
“Get out of here,”, Napouk can be heard saying in response.
“It’s not worth it,” the officer who eventually shoots him can be heard saying on his body cam.
“Dude, just drop it,” an officer says.
“I don’t want to shoot you today.”
But Las Vegas police officers Buford Kenton and Cameran Gunn did just that.
“I’m going to shoot you,” Kenton screams.
“If you come one more step, you’re dead.”
Both officers fired a total of seven rounds into Napouk.
Kenton and Gunn both claimed Napouk advanced towards them.
Medical personnel arrived and pronounced Napouk dead at the scene.
Police would later discover the 22-inch “machete” was actually just a toy sword.
Napouk lived about a mile away from where he was killed with his girlfriend.
Kenton and Gun have both been placed on paid leave, pending an internal affairs investigation.
Watch video of the shooting above.
Tuesday’s press conference with Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank is included below.